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Black Americans for a Better Future Kicks Off Speakers Series.

November 16, 2015 by  
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( Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF) launches its inaugural Speaker’s Series Luncheon in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. The special guest for this series is the Honorable Boyd K. Rutherford, the Lieutenant Governor for the State of Maryland.

In addition to the luncheon, there will be a focus group featuring the topic “Blacks and the Republican Party”. This group consists of African-American Republicans, Democrats and Independents. These panelists will delve deeply into the issue of what message the African-American community needs to hear from Republicans that will not only get them to listen but to actually consider voting Republican in the 2016 Presidential Election.

“This is a diverse panel who come from different backgrounds and life experiences,” stated BAFBF Chairman and Founder Raynard Jackson. “Their talents run the gamut, from business to sports to entertainment. Members of this most prestigious and interesting focus group include:

· BriaMarie – Recording artist and native of Columbia, Maryland, BriaMarie is a Democrat who is very active in the community. She has launched a bullying awareness initiative entitled “#LoveOverOctober,” the Ethical Music Anti-Bullying Campaign with Grammy Award winning producer Carvin Haggins and the black-community-2015“Making a Difference Campaign” with NFL player LeSean McCoy. BriaMarie will also sing the National Anthem to kick off the event.

· Jack Brewer – This Founder and CEO of The Brewer Group, Inc., earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of Minnesota. He also completed Executive Business Programs at the Harvard and Wharton Schools of Business. This proclaimed Independent had a successful career with Merrill Lynch and as an Investment Banker at Paramount Bio. He also served as the Managing Director at Opus Point Partners. Prior to his business career, Jack Brewer played professional football for NFL teams the Minnesota Vikings; New York Giants; Philadelphia Eagles; and the Arizona Cardinals.

· Allegra F. McCullough – Best known for her ability to build and maintain relationships between municipalities and stakeholders, she also provided business and economic development assistance to small businesses and municipalities in Arizona, California, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas as well as right here in the DMV. Allegra McCullough was the person providing expert advice on best practices for small business environments to the District of Columbia’s Committee on Economic and Workforce Development, D.C.’s agency Director, General Counsel and the Office of the Inspector General. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

The agenda for the day will be as follows:

11:30 am – 11:55 am Networking Reception

12:00n – 12:50 pm Interview with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Focus group: “Blacks and the Republican Party”

The “Black Americans for a Better Future” is a 527 Political Action Committee (PAC) founded by longtime Republican political operative, syndicated newspaper columnist and author Raynard Jackson. This PAC is the first and only 527 dedicated to attracting African-Americans to the Republican Party. It’s immediate focus however, is primarily on the African-American entrepreneur.

The goal of this PAC will be to counter those liberal organizations that receive an inordinate amount of media attention and to present a counter narrative to messages given by organizations such as; The People for the American Way, National Council of La Raza, and the Center for American Progress.

“Having well trained, credible, experienced African-Americans constantly challenging the liberal orthodoxy in the media will create a tectonic shift in the perception of the Republican Party within the Black community,” Jackson said. “If this approach can be sustained over the long-term, there will be a demonstrable shift in the voting patterns within the African-American community.”

This event is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, however videotapes of the group discussion will be distributed to all of the Republican Presidential candidates, party leaders and other GOP organizations.

Written By Raynard Jackson

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