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ADDRESSING CHALLENGES—Lisa Frison, VP of African American segment strategy at Wells Fargo; Julius Cartwright, former president of NAREB; Dorothy Leavell, chairman of the NNPA; Reverend Tony Lee, pastor of Community of Hope A.M.E. Church; Dr. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco; Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO of the NNPA; and Dr. Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of NAFEO. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

Four, preeminent Black leaders in America today, addressed the challenges and celebrated the success stories of the African American community, during a “State of Black America” forum at the 2018 National Newspaper Publishers Association annual Mid-Winter Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Dr. Lezli Baskerville, the president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO), spoke passionately about the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), while Julius Cartwright presented a sobering, yet optimistic report from the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB).

And while Rev. Tony Lee, the pastor of Community of Hope A.M.E. Church, delivered fervent remarks about the strong state of the Black Church, it was a fiery, no-holds-barred speech from Dr. Amos C. Brown that brought the capacity crowd to its feet.

Brown, a civil rights icon, who serves as the senior pastor at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco and president of the San Francisco Branch of the NAACP, touted the virtues of the oldest civil rights organization in America and its importance today.

In what amounted to a sermon worthy of any Sunday service, Brown said the Black Press must tell the story of African Americans.

“Let no one else tell it for us,” he said, before providing a vivid picture of his foray into the Civil Rights Movement, as a teenager.

“One of the problems with the Black community, today, is that we don’t have enough rituals of remembrance,” Brown said.

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