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Clayola Brown

Clayola Brown, APRI president

(Washington, DC ) – Seeking solutions to end to what it calls a “parasitic divisiveness” which is having a devastating social and economic impact on working families, the A. Philip Randolph Institute will hold its annual Education Conference.  “The Power of Unity…All Workers Matter” is the theme of the conference which will be held August 24-28, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Detroit Michigan

APRI is a 50 year old labor and social justice organization which advocates on the behalf of African American working men and women across the nation.

This conference is to inform and train delegates on important issues directly impacting the Black community. More than 500 labor and civil rights activists, including a delegation of youth activists s ages 17-25 from across the U.S. will take part in activities.

Several prominent labor leaders including Clayola Brown, APRI president and Gerry Hudson, Executive President SEIU  will address the conferees. Congressman John Conyers will lead a discussion which  will include several other members of Congress including Congressman Bobby Scott and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

Other speakers include Barbara Arnwine, Sirius XM Radio Host Joe Madison, American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan,  and Melanie Campbell, National convener Black Women’s Roundtable.

Nate Parker, director of the Cannes Film Festival Award winning, critically acclaimed film “Birth of Nation”  and historian John Hope Franklin Jr. will also speak at the conference.

The A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI) is a labor rights organization founded in 1965 by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. The organization has more than chapters nationwide with membership from the nation’s top unions and community organizations.  Clayola Brown, the first female to head the organization,is the current president

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