Today is the day! Tavis Smiley will moderate the first All American Presidental Forum on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Journalists of color, including Michel Martin of National Public Radio and Dwayne Wickham of Gannett News will pose questions to the democratic presidential candidates on issues such as healthcare, housing, Katrina relief, the economy and the environment, among others, as outlined in the #1 the New York Times best-seller, Covenant With Black America.
This forum will provide the first major opportunity for the candidates to present a detailed discourse and dialogue on their social agendas. The forum will air on PBS from 9:00 to 10:30 pm EST and will also be simultaneously webcast on pbs.org.
The following Democratic presidential candidates have been confirmed to participate: Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Christopher Dodd, Senator John Edwards, Senator Mike Gravel, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator Barack Obama and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
Smiley says: "We are encouraged by the enthusiasm of all parties for this historic event, from the title to the format...the 'All American Presidental Forums' was created to provide fresh perspectives and an unprecendented level of inclusion for all Americans in general, and people of color in particular, in these critical discussions about our country's future."
A second forum will be held for Republican presidential candidates on September 27, 2007 on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore.