On Monday, April 30th, the White House Office of Public Engagement hosted the first African American Policy Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The administration partnered with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) to discuss a wide-range of topics including, jobs, housing and development, small business and entrepreneurship, the economy, and how each affect the African American community.
During the forum, visitors who were in attendance were welcomed by Senator Harry Reid, followed by keynote remarks from administration official, Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition to hearing remarks, various administration and local officials held panels to discuss job training, business and the economy. Notably, Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discussed health disparities and other health-related issues during her segment. The panel gave officials another opportunity to discuss the President's plan to build a stronger economy and how his plans will help strengthen the African American community.
The African American Policy Forums serve as great opportunities for the public to be engaged on how the President is addressing some of the issues that affect the community most. More information on upcoming African American Policy Forums, White House events, and additional information on President Obama and the African American community can be found here.