Black Mayors Conference Postponed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The recession is causing organizers to delay a three-day conference designed to give black mayors from six southern states a chance to discuss economic development and the federal stimulus program.

The Gulf Coast Black Mayors Conference was to be held July 12-15 at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., with mayors from Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, and Florida scheduled to attend.

Conference organizer James Gilmore says many mayors who wanted to attend the event are dealing with budget cuts, causing them to be more frugal about travel expenses. Organizers say they now hope the event can be rescheduled for next month.

Officials said the event was designed to give mayors a chance to learn about effective strategies for tapping into the federal stimulus program and to enhance their technical skills in budget planning and monitoring during tough economic times.


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  • by Same Ole Story Location: Meridian on Jul 8, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    There will always be differences between races, but why do we have to call attention to them by hosting things like "Black Mayors' Conference"? To move past racial divides, race has to be taken out of the equation. Yes- there will be individuals who are racists (I'm not talking just black vs white either). But, the public as a whole should not support organized events that separate people into racial categories. The other comments are right- this would be viewed as discriminatory if it were a "White Mayors' Conference". I often wonder as well- if MS and other southern states are considered to have the most racial issues, then why is it that more black people live in the south? If I felt like I was living in a hostile environment with racists around every corner, I'd move elsewhere...
  • by Been There on Jul 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    Kym, you make it sound like nothing negative is ever said "at the kitchen table in the privacy of" black people's homes. As a business person in Meridian, I know that racial problems exist because everytime there is any variation in opinion someone feels the need to say it is about race. Bad feelings between the races will continue as long as any people allow them to continue. All whites don't like all whites and all blacks don't like all blacks. Why then should all whites or blacks like the other? I can't change anyone else but I can be responsible for me. That is the best any of us can do.
  • by Anonymous Location: lauderdale on Jul 7, 2009 at 04:19 AM
    I agree. That is discrimination against the white mayors. Now you know if we had a white mayor's conference people would be yelling discrimination. What about just a mayor's conference???? Why does it have to be a "Black" conference. This is BS!!!
  • by Sharon Location: Alabama on Jul 6, 2009 at 10:16 PM
    If there's going to be a black mayors conference, then we need to have a white mayors conference. Oh, yeah, that would be RACIAL and DISCRIMINATION!!!!! I'm sorry, but has anybody noticed that it's not the white people that do the separating of the races, but black people who always set themselves apart from the rest??!!Why couldn't it just be a mayors conference? Or a Gulf Coast mayors conference? Could it be they don't want the white mayors to attend? But who's paying for this conferenc? Everyone's tax dollars???? I'm so sick of this kind of crap.
  • by Hank Location: Meridian on Jul 6, 2009 at 09:46 PM
    When/where is the white mayor's conference?
  • by carolyn Location: east ms on Jul 6, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    Black mayor's conference??? Give me a break!!
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