Paterson, New York’s first black governor, is expected to discuss the status of race relations in the country and take a broader, national look on issues rather than New York specific, aides said.
It’s truly the first national speech for Paterson, since he took over as governor on March 17. His swearing in ceremony was broadcasted live in national TV because he was succeeding scandalous Gov. Eliot Spitzer, but the speech was more about New York’s future.
You can watch Paterson’s speech live here at 9:45 a.m.
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Harlem, is also expected to speak. Yesterday, Republican presidential candidate John McCain spoke at the conference, telling NAACP members that he wants to expand education opportunities, partly through vouchers for low-income children to attend private schools.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke to the conference on MOnday night, praising the civil-rights movement of the ’60s and calling on families to take greater responsibility for their childrens’ upbringings — an issue that led to the now-famous criticism by the Rev. Jesse Jackson