The Impact of Race On Political Leadership
Dr. Randolph Meade Walker
Mr. Steve Mulroy
Mr. Calvin Anderson
Mr. Eric Robertson
I spent Saturday morning participating in the Shelby County Democratic Party's Forum on The Impact of Race on Political Leadership in Memphis. I was first impressed with the fact that we had over 60 people show up on a Saturday morning to talk about race.
I was next impressed by the speakers four of which I have included their opening remarks. The fifth, Ben Parkinson who spoke on Being White in America. I will suggest you go to http://www.fellowshipradio.org/?p=147 to hear his entire presentation.
I was finally impressed with the direction the Shelby County Democratic Party is now moving. I don't think I would be saying anything that hasn't already been said and that is that the SCDP had lost its way. In my bid for City Council last year it was clear SCDP was voiceless as people produced and sold fake election ballots. After attending several vocal and seemingly disorganized SCDP meetings I was convinced that the Party needed to regroup. Many in the Party had been saying the same thing. Only in the last few months have I seen a real determination to move forward and take positions on critical issues.
The Kennedy Day Fundraiser and Race Forum is a good start, but I would now recommend the leadership look at having several retreats and round table discussions focusing on building a stronger alliance among their members.