Russell Simmons and
Kenard Gibbs, President of Vibe Magazine, will be honored at Jesse Jackson’s
Eighth Annual Wall Street Project Conference, which will take place January 11-13
at the Hilton New York Hotel, in New York City.
The theme of the
conference this year is “Beyond Diversity, Equity and Parity: A New Covenant.”
Doug E. Fresh,
Slick Rick, Black Ice, the Boys Choir of Harlem, J-Harris and Ricky Watters
perform during an R&B/Hip-Hop Entertainment showcase.
“As we come
together this year, seeking participation in America’s economic engine,
we must be ever more vigilant in protecting the rights we have gained, even
the right to vote,” said Rev. Jackson.”
conference will be co-chaired by Charles Schumer, a United States Senator from
Bruce Gordon, former
President of the Verizon Foundation will share hosting duties with Schumer.
The keynote address
will be delivered by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who recently took
on Brown & Williamson, for marketing their Kool cigarette brand to youth
The annual conference
features top business and political leaders addressing a number of issues and
questions during panels, showcases, breakfast meetings and luncheons.
Fortune 500 companies
will also be present during a career opportunity and development expo.
be educated on a number of investment strategies, including public and corporate
pension funds and an all day panel that focuses on training high school students
in economic management and investment.
extend the gains we have made to include economic parity and equity in the boardroom,
in the managers’ offices and in the owners’ boxes,” Rev. Jackson
According to Rev.
Jackson, access economic access is the fourth stage of the Civil Rights movement,
after the abolition of slavery, the end of legal segregation and the right to