Friday, February 16, 2007

Tavis Smiley Addresses Environmental Justice

Tavis Smiley’s annual “State of the Black Union” symposium took place on Feb 9 & 10 at the Hampton University Convocation Center in Hampton, Virginia. The symposium highlighted "The Covenant in Action," a new companion 2006 book to The New York Times #1 bestseller, "Covenant with Black America." The State of the Black Union 2007 symposium was sponsored by ExxonMobil, McDonald's, Wells Fargo, Norfolk Southern, Verizon, and Colonial Williamsburg, Chesapeake Donor, Busch Gardens & Sea World, and AirTran Airways. ExxonMobil also provided complimentary copies of the book at the symposium.

The Covenant is made up of 10 chapters of issues including economic disparity, health, education and environmental justice. National Wildlife Federation Chairman Jerome Ringo gave a presentation on environmental justice

The Covenant in Action 12- City Tour The tour stops are as follows: Las Vegas (Feb. 12); New Orleans (Feb. 13); Boston (Feb. 14); Newark (Feb. 15); Jacksonville, Fla. (Feb. 16); Charlotte, NC. (Feb. 17); Winston-Salem, N.C. (Feb. 18); Chicago (Feb. 19); Louisville, KY (Feb. 20); Atlanta (Feb. 21); Daytona, Fla. (Feb. 22); Los Angeles (Feb. 23); and Cleveland and Columbus, OH (Feb. 24). For location details log on at

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