SCLC Will Hold Annual Convention In Cleveland In July

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference will hold its 44th annual convention in Cleveland beginning July 20.

The plans were announced Tuesday at the Greater Abysinnia Baptist Church by SCLC President Martin Luther King III, son of the slain civil rights leader and SCLC founder.

More than 2,000 clergy, civic leaders and community activists are expected for the five-day convention. Cleveland beat New Orleans, Norfolk, Va., and Dayton to host the convention.

King (pictured, above) said Cleveland was selected because the city faced the same problems as other major urban areas, including poverty and homelessness.

Despite the city's prosperity, "many of Cleveland's poorest residents still see the city's promises and possibilities as just beyond their reach," King said.

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