Over 100 African-American politicos were joined by statewide Democrats in Orlando May 30 – June 1 for the 32nd Annual Conference of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida. The theme, “All In To Win” set the stage and framed the presentations by the many local, state and national elected officials, trainers, moderators and presenters present.
Among the conference keynoters were US Congresswoman, Corrine Brown (luncheon) and Congressman, Hakeem Jeffries of New York (Dinner Gala). Each admonished attendees to know their community needs and expect their national and local area leaders, at all levels, to address them. Both addressed the challenges facing the Republican lead US Congress and what should be done to correct matters; namely, elect more Democrats! Brown was awarded the first annual Morris Milton Award for unrelenting service to the Black Community and the state.
Workshops provided timely information on voter education and registration, fund-raising, race and education and Get Out The Vote tactics. A special session on understanding and effective utilization of power was presented by noted attorney, educator and author, Junius Williams of Newark, NY. A press conference with leading FL Black Publishers resulted in increased commitments to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between the DBCF and Black publications.
10 members of the Duval County Democratic Black Caucus represented the Jacksonville Chapter. Among them were Ingrid Fluellen, President of the local Democratic Women In Network Chapter and City Council hopeful, Juanita Powell-Williams, and Justin Spiller, local area attorney, and Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party who served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Gala.“I was proud our Chapter ranked among the top 10 for conference attendance.” said local President, Hazel Gillis. “We return with a heightened sense of energy and commitment to make things happen in Duval County.” She added.