More than 2,000 NOBLE members and guests from throughout the United States are expected to attend the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives' 40th Anniversary Training Conference to be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The NOBLE conference will kick off with its Annual CEO Symposium and Opening Reception on July 16th. This year's event will run through July 21st.
The theme for the 40th Anniversary Training Conference is "NOBLE @40: Justice by Action Then, Now and Tomorrow." In light of recent events, the 2016 NOBLE aims to focus its efforts on the concept of community policing. Four scheduled conference events will particularly highlight the organization's long-term commitment to the administration of equitable justice in every community across America:
Sunday, June 17th – Noon NOBLE will honor Civil Rights Leader Reverend Jesse Jackson with a lifetime achievement award at the annual Civil Rights Brunch. Mr. Jackson will give remarks during the brunch. Joe Madison, host of Sirius XM's The Black Eagle, will serve as keynote speaker. Other honorees include Kristen Clark, president and executive director of the National Lawyers Committee; Vanita Gupta-U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; Congressman John Conyers; and AT&T for its It Can Wait campaign.
Monday, June 18th – 9 a.m. Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney General will introduce and present the NOBLE Eric H. Holder, Jr. Award for Leadership in Law Enforcement to its namesake, the Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. at the Opening Plenary.
Tuesday, July 19th – 10 a.m. NOBLE 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference for youth ages 14-18 (July 17-20) presented by SunTrust will be held on the campus of the University of District of Columbia. The theme for this year's youth conference is "My Future, My Choice." Special guests include Russell Simmons. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, July 19th – 4 p.m. NOBLE will host an unprecedented town hall moderated by legal analyst and Huffington Post contributor John Burns to further discuss the tragic issues involving law enforcement that have unfolded in recent days. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, July 20th— 10 a.m. NOBLE is set to lead a Memorial March and Memorial Service at revered HBCU Howard University to honor fallen officers throughout the nation and to demonstrate its continued commitment to serving the community. This event is free and open to the public.
Pointing to the recent police involved fatal shootings of Black male civilians in Baton Rouge, LA, and Falcon Heights, MN, as well as the tragic shootings of Dallas police officers, NOBLE President Gregory A. Thomas stated: "During these moments, we need to push forward and ensure that there are less incidents such as those that occurred in Dallas, TX, in Falcon Heights, MN, and in Baton Rouge, LA. We have to 'step up' collectively--law enforcement and the community--to bridge this ever-expanding gulf."
The upcoming NOBLE conference will offer a wide array of plenaries, professional networking receptions, forums, and technical workshops. This year's conference will honor former United States Attorney General Eric Holder—the nation's first ever African-American to hold the post—and feature keynote speaker Dr. Lee Brown, former New York City Police Commissioner and Houston Mayor, among other distinguished past and present leaders in law enforcement.
The conference will offer training workshops, symposiums, and plenaries with topics that include countering violent extremism, women in law enforcement, leadership training, law enforcement and social media, and the future of policing in America. The NOBLE Training Conference exhibit hall is expected to have a large display of products and services for the law enforcement community.
This year's conference will feature the SunTrust Media Lounge. For media interested in press credentials for the conference email Noblepressteam@gmail.com. For conference highlights follow NOBLE on Twitter @noblenatl.
For more information, visit www.noblenational.org.