First Black Conservative Summit Generates Compelling Debate

By Juanita Poe

More than 50 people from across the state attended the first Georgia Black Conservative Summit Thursday.

Some of the panelists and guests at the first Georgia Black Conservative Summit Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol, from left: Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart; event co-coordinator and 5th District director of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women Lelia Mack-Hagood; Georgia 8th Congressional District Republican Party Chair Vivian Childs; Dr. Tim Johnson, chairman and founder of The Frederick Douglass Foundation; the session moderator Peri Similien vice president of The Conservative Alliance; the Honorable Justice Harold Melton; and Gregory Wilborn, a member of The Conservative Alliance of Georgia. (Melvin Everson, Executive Director of the Deal Administration’s state EEOC Commission, had just stepped away).
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Some of the panelists and guests at the first Georgia Black Conservative Summit Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol, from left: Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart; event co-coordinator and 5th District director of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women Lelia Mack-Hagood; Georgia 8th Congressional District Republican Party Chair Vivian Childs; Dr. Tim Johnson, chairman and founder of The Frederick Douglass Foundation; the session moderator Peri  Similien vice president of The Conservative Alliance; the Honorable Justice Harold Melton; and Gregory Wilborn, a member of The Conservative Alliance of Georgia. (Melvin Everson, Executive Director of the Deal Administration's state EEOC Commission, had just stepped away).
Georgia 8th Congressional District Republican Party Chair Vivian Childs chats with other attendees during a break at the first Georgia Black Conservative Summit Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol. Also pictured are Georgia Supreme Court Justice Melton;  Dr. Tim Johnson; Rich Thompson of 100 DADs; and, in the foreground with Childs, Georgia Rep. Willlie Talton of Warner Robbins.
From left, "The Ugly Truth" right-of-center radio co-hosts Syndicated Columnist Tommy Bottoms andformer WAOK Radio-AM drive-time host and Cascade Patch blogger Shelley Wynter on the air Thursday with show guests outside the meeting hall of the first Georgia Black Conservative Summit, Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol.
Audience members listen as a participant asks a question at the first Georgia Black Conservative Summit Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol.
Panel members and guests listen as a participant asks a question at the first Georgia Black Conservative Summit Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol.
The flyer advertising the first metro area Black Republican Summit.
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More than 50 people attended the first Georgia Black Conservative Summit Thursday at Georgia’s Capitol.

Here are scenes from the event, which included presentations and short addresses from a range of conservative and Republican leaders including Vivian Childs, the first African-American elected chair of the Georgia Republican Party’s 8th Congressional District.

Stay tuned to Cascade Patch for more on the summit and the event’s organizer, The Conservative Alliance, established a year ago by Republican and conservative African-Americans in the metro area.

About this column: News from Cascade Patch, presented visually.

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