U.S. Rep. James Clyburn to attend Urban League event

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

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LIBERTY

The majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives will attend the Greater Warren-Youngstown Urban League’s annual dinner.

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the No. 3 ranking Democrat in the House, will speak at the dinner Thursday at the MetroPlex Conference Center. A reception will be at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

The dinner is the League’s annual fundraiser, said Thomas Conley, league president. Money raised is used to benefit its programs.

“That is one of the main purposes,” Conley said. “And the other is to bring notable speakers in that can bring a message to our area and, of course, [Clyburn] is one.”

Past speakers include Judge Greg Mathis and Martin Luther King III.

Noting that the area is economically depressed, Conley said Mahoning Valley residents need to hear what’s being done in the nation’s Capitol to create jobs.

Education also is a major issue for the area, he said.

“I’m sure the message that he has, bringing information from [Washington,] DC, from Capitol Hill to us, as to what’s going on; that would be a message in itself we need to hear,” Conley said.

This year’s dinner marks the 80th anniversary of the League’s existence in the Mahoning Valley.

“It’s a nice time out,” Conley said. “We have live music. It’s just a first-class event.”

On average, 500 people attend the annual dinner.

Tickets are $55. To reserve tickets, or for information, call 330-394-4316 or 330-259-9049.

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