Booker sites "Unfinished Business" during speech at annual Detroit NAACP dinner

DETROIT - On Sunday night keynote speaaker U.S. Sen. Cory Booker addressed the 63th annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit void of politics or his political aspirations.

Booker, D-New Jersey said, “We see everyday the unfinished business of America.” “I feel a sense of urgency as I stand here right now. But I want you to know being here in Detroit rekindles my sense of hope and potential.”

The NAACP also announced Sunday that it will hold its 110th annual national convention at the Cobo Center in Detroit in July 2019.

Leon Russell, chairman of the national NAACP's Board of Directors, made the announcement at the pre dinner news conference held at the Cobo Center.

Russell said the NAACP is pleased to bring its convention to Detroit during a period of the city's "obvious rebirth and regeneration." He said the national organization is no stranger to Detroit.

Booker, 49, has served as a senator since 2013. Prior to that he was the 36th mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013 and a member of the Newark City Council from 1998 to 2002.

"We need to understand that we have more in common than we do in conflict," said Anthony, responding to a question at the press conference about the current state of racial relations in metro Detroit.

He listed health care, clean drinking water, and good policing as issues that connect different groups together.

"So I'm encouraged by what I see," he said. "I see black, white, brown, yellow, red students coming together. You know, maybe they're showing us the way."





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