White Plains – Dr. Lenora Fulani, the first woman and first African-American in U.S. history to appear as a presidential candidate on the ballot in all 50 states gave the keynote Speech at the first annual Westchester Black Political Conference, Saturday, February 10th at the WESPAC Office located at 77 Tarrytown Road. Dr. Fulani’s political concerns include the development of youth programs serving minority communities, racial equality and political reform.
Between the two panel discussion, Dr. Fulani gave the Keynote Address speaking on the housing crisis and the homeless. She was introduced by WBPC organizer Tasha D. Young, who voted for Dr. Fulani is the first presidential election in 1988.
“Whenever I have to speak to an issue of the destruction of the poor, I turn to Dr. King and his writings,” Dr. Fulani shares with those in attendance at the historical event. “You see Dr. King didn’t only speak to having a dream, he also spoke to the atrocities of the time, that he and we were living in. And his dream before he was gunned down in Memphis in 1968 was not so four decades later, millions of America;s poor would still be living and dying in poverty or that 100,000s of our people would end up being forced out of the housing they were living in, and would wind up living in the streets or in shelters in cities all over this county. It’s clear to me that if Dr. King was here today, he would be march in the streets in opposition to all of this. He would be teaching all kinds of people what a horrendous position and perspective this is, and he would be marching against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and what it is doing to poor people. He would have marched in the streets of Chicago and elsewhere in response to the housing issue. To me this is one of the most important issues in this country for poor people, for our communities who are being isolated, alienated and expected to live without any kind of shelter…” See her full speech in video below.
A transparent voice for the interests of African-Americans and the most struggling economic groups in the U.S., Dr. Fulani has walked her talk. As Senior Program Advisor of the All Stars Project, she has helped spearhead programs using a unique performatory approach that has taught thousands of young adults how to go “beyond themselves” and acquire new capabilities in the process. Dr. Fulani currently serves as the dean of UX, the All Stars’ unique institution of continued development which is free of cost and open to people of all ages and backgrounds. See more on Dr. Fulani in the February 2018 – Black History Edition of Black Westchester.