The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

Fall Delta Regional Conference Set for Nov. 7-8, 2019 in Little Rock; Registration fees & annual dues info

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 01:16 PM

The fall Delta Regional Conference regarding community and economic development for the 8-state region from southern Illinois and Missouri to New Orleans is set for Little Rock, Arkansas for Thursday evening, Nov. 7, 2019, from about 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 morning and lunch, about 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

It is very helpful to get early registration fees and/or annual membership dues for calendar year 2019, and that information is below.

Turnout has been trending larger for recent events, with the Greater Delta Regional conference at ASU Mid-South in West Memphis on April 25-26 having a very full meeting room. If space runs out this will need to be on a first-come, first-served basis.

FYI–Update regarding Delta Caucus Executive Director Lee Powell—He is recovering from a totally unexpected gangrenous gall bladder infection in which bacteria and fungus from the infection entered the bloodstream. This erupted a few days after the April 25-26 Delta conference in West Memphis.

The surgery was successful. Septic situations must be treated very carefully and Lee Powell is continuing very strong medication and I-V anti-biotics. He is resting, following all doctors’ orders and totally focused on recovery.

Powell earlier had the bad luck of several bad respiratory infections that were going around this winter and spring. A complete recovery from the abdominal infection may take time, but everything possible is being done toward that goal. Thanks for the concern many people expressed.

OPENING SESSION: Thursday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, from about 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol.

FRIDAY MORNING AND LUNCH SESSION, Nov. 8, 2019 from about 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Robinson Center ballroom overlooking the Arkansas River.

REGISTRATION:

You register by paying the early registration fees.

Registration fee levels–for those who have not paid their annual membership dues for calendar year 2019: $100

Registration fee level for those who have paid dues (all those who were at the ASU Mid-South conference in West Memphis have paid their annual dues for 2019): $75

GROUP DISCOUNTS–There are group discount rates for those who can organize a group of people to attend, depending on the number they bring.

Annual membership dues for 2019:

We ask for annual membership dues in the minimum amount of $25 for each calendar year for those who wish to receive information about Delta Caucus messages and be eligible to take part in our events. If you have already paid your annual dues, thanks very much.

For medium-sized nonprofits, businesses, universities and colleges, chambers of commerce, and other organizations, the suggested annual membership dues level is $50.

For larger universities, foundations, and corporations, the suggested dues level is $100.

The only requirement is for a minimum of $25 for all Delta Caucus partners.

The easiest and fastest way to pay the registration fees and/or 2019 annual membership dues is to go to the website at mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link at the top of the site that says “Donate.”

If you prefer to pay by check, please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

Thank you very much. Delta Grassroots Caucus

A Full House on Both Days, Greater Delta Region conference a big success on April 25-26 at ASU Mid-South, West Memphis

Posted on April 01, 2019 at 11:33 AM

The Greater Delta Region conference at ASU Mid-South West Memphis was a big success, with packed houses both days. We would again like to thank Chancellor Debra West of ASU Mid-South for being a great host and giving a thoughtful, dynamic presentation at the April 26 luncheon.

Please note: a few days after the conference Delta Caucus Director Lee Powell was suddenly hospitalized with a gangrenous galled bladder, which has been surgically removed. Of course, any time gangrene is involved it is a very serious situation. They hope the surgery removed all the gangrene but will have to continue monitoring that. Powell now has bacteria in his blood system that doctors are trying to prevent from spreading across his entire system.

This is a very serious condition, Lee Powell of course cannot speak to anyone, and we know no way of knowing how long he will be in the hospital or how long it will take to resolve the bacteria in the blood issue.

Below is the agenda for the April 25-26 Greater Delta Region Conference at Arkansas State University Mid-South Marion Berry Building in West Memphis, Arkansas.

OPENING SESSION IS Thursday evening, April 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building

FRIDAY APRIL 26: from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday morning and lunch, ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building

Agenda–Delta Grassroots Caucus

“Jobs, Education/Workforce Development & Infrastructure”

Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, April 25-26, 2019

This is a ROUGH DRAFT—THERE WILL BE A FEW CHANGES

INFORMATION TABLES

Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Sultana Steamboat Disaster Museum, Marion, Arkansas

Arkansas State University Heritage Sites

Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi

Snowden House Historic Mansion and B & B on Scenic Horseshoe Lake, Hughes, Arkansas

OPENING SESSION, Thursday April 25, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building

Introduction—Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Grassroots Caucus—4:30 p.m.

4:40 to 5 p.m.

Ben Burkett, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Mississippi

5 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.—Mayor James Strickland of Memphis

5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.–Downtown Revitalizationm Jobs, and Delta Heritage Tourism

  1. Wilson Golden, board member of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation in Jackson, Mississippi (affiliated with the new civil rights museum in Jackson)

  2. Mayor Kevin Smith of Helena, Arkansas

  3. Shelley Ritter, Executive Director, Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Mississippi

  4. Rex Nelson, Senior Editor and columnist, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, former Alternate Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority

Rodney Slater, Former US Secretary of Transportation, now senior partner of Squire, Patton Boggs firm in Washington, DC

  1. Mike Marshall, CEO, Sikeston, Missouri Regional Chamber of Commerce and economic development organization, former Alternate Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority

  2. Louis Intres, Director, Sultana steamboat disaster museum, Marion, Arkansas

  3. Mayor Shirley Washington of Pine Bluff

6:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.—State Legislatora on Arkansas Works Health Insurance Program

Rep. Reginald Murdock (Marianna) Rep. Chris Richey (Helena)

Friday, April 26, 2019 ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building

8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.—Infrastructure, Job Creation and Economic Development

–Johnnie Bolin, Chairman, Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition

–Brad Cole, Executive Director of the Municipal League for the state of Illinois

–Marcie Lawson, Executive Director, Sikeston, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development

–Dee Brown, Clarksdale, Mississippi

–Mayor Sheldon Day, Thomasville, Alabama

–Mayor James Sanders, Blytheville, Arkansas

–Mayor Marco McClendon of West Memphis

Discussion

10:a.m. to 11:30 a.m.–Education, Workforce Development and Jobs

–Sen. Keith Ingram of West Memphis

-Alan Gumbel, Interim Executive Director, Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, Memphis, Tennessee

–Mark O’Mell, Director, Arkansas Crossroads Coalition (Cross, Poinsett, Jackson, Woodruff, Monroe, Phillips, Lee and Crittenden counties)

-Mayor Pro Tem and City Commissioner Richard Abraham, Paducah, Kentucky

–Kyla Guyette, Director, Workforce Investment Network, Shelby County Mayor’s Office, Tennessee,

11:30 to 11:45 a.m.–Health care and nutrition speakers

Arnetta Macklin, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), of Memphis, Tennessee on health and nutrition programs for senior citizens

Millie Atkins, long-time Delta regional advocate and community leader from Monroe, Louisiana

11:45 a.m. to noon–Victor Jones of Southern Poverty Law Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

NOON TO 1:20 P.M.–Luncheon

Daryl Bassett, Director of AR Dept. of Workforce Services, introduced by Randy Henderson, Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas

Mike Preston, Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, introduced by Rex Nelson, Senior Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

President David Rudd of the University of Memphis

Chancellor Debra West of Arkansas State University Mid-South

Appreciation for Sponsors

Greater Delta Region Conference, April 25-26, 2019

Arkansas State University Mid-South, West Memphis, Arkansas

LEAD SPONSOR

Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas, Blytheville, Arkansas

MAJOR CO-SPONSORS

Municipal League for the State of Illinois

Mississippi County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission, Blytheville, Arkansas

SPONSORS

Sultana Steamboat Disaster Museum

Sikeston, Missouri Regional Chamber Commerce and Economic Development

Harvey Joe Sanner, President of the American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas, Des Arc, Arkansas

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas

Delta Grassroots Partners

Last but not least, we would like to thank the hundreds of grassroots partners across the Greater Delta Region and elsewhere across the country for their many contributions of registration fees, annual membership dues, and other voluntary contributions in the amounts of $150, $125, $100, $75, $50 and $25.

As a grassroots private sector coalition, we need to have a diversified financial base with large numbers of medium-sized and smaller contributions, and we could not do our work without these numerous contributions.

Delta Caucus Urges Defeat of Arkansas Bills Harmful to the SNAP (food stamp) program

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 03:16 PM

The Delta Caucus urges state legislators and all concerned citizens to oppose state legislation that will only be harmful to many Arkansas families struggling with food insecurity.

We would urge colleagues in our other seven states to oppose similar legislation at the state level that would clearly harm administration of SNAP benefits.

Please oppose House Bill 1775 that would expand the work requirement for the state food program’s work requirement; House Bill 1731 that would disqualify parents who refuse to cooperate with the state in establishing paternity of a child and seeking a court order for child support; and House Bill 1743 prohibiting recipients from using their benefits to buy energy drinks, soft drinks or candy.

Food stamp recipients in the vast majority of cases either already have low-paid jobs or are doing everything they can to find work, and expanding the work requirement will only cause many families to lose their food stamp (SNAP–Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.

“We have the highest levels of food insecurity in America in the Delta according to USDA, and these ill-advised, vindictive bills will only make the problem worse,” said Caucus Director Lee Powell.

Renee Griffin, community development specialist in east Arkansas, said “These bills would do more harm than good for the recipients of the vital SNAP program in heartland Delta areas like Phillips, Lee and St. Francis counties.”

Harvey Joe Sanner of the American Agriculture Movement of Arkansas in Des Arc, said “SNAP is a solid program and what we need in the Delta is more economic development and job opportunities rather than this harmful legislation that would just punish people who are trying so hard to make a living.”

Former state senator Charlie Cole Chaffin said “As a former state legislator I know from experience that these kinds of punitive bills hurt far more than they help people. In the Delta there aren’t many good job opportunities and often when they can find work it is so poorly paid that they can’t feed their families.

As you know, Arkansas reinstated the work requirement for able-bodied food stamp recipients age 19 to 49 with no dependent children in 2016, when the state unemployment rate declined enough to no longer qualify for an exemption. The new bill would make education and and training programs mandatory for about 50,000 food stamp recipients age 50 to 60 and those who have dependent children 6 years old or older. This will only add another burden to people already struggling and trying to find work and feed their families.

For HB 1731, the requirements regarding parents would impose costs of installing a computer system of $1.4 million, cause an increase in their caseload by 11,600 cases, and increase staffing needs to an additional 40 positions, according to the Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement.

Regarding HB 1743, there is indeed a problem of obesity in the Delta region and Arkansas as a whole, but it is a broad, societal problem. Food stamp benefits are very low and they have to choose low-cost foods that will ward off hunger pangs. We should all encourage healthier diets, but lower income people don’t have the same ability to buy high-nutrition food.

In any case, would you like to be told that you can’t buy energy drinks or soft drinks? Have you ever bought Coca-Cola or energy drinks?

The Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association and Edward’s Food Giants executives indicated it would be difficult to identify which items are candy or soft drinks.

Please defeat these bills.

Education/workforce development/Jobs for Delta Conference at ASU Mid-South in West Memphis, April 25-26

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 01:19 PM

We have a strong line-up of federal, state, local and private sector leaders for the Greater Delta Region conference at Arkansas State University Mid-South on April 25-26.

Among the leaders are Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis, Mike Preston, Director of Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Daryl Bassett, Director of Arkansas Dept. of Workforce Services, Rex Nelson, Senior Editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Mayor James Strickland of Memphis, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, President David Rudd of the University of Memphis, and leaders from Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri.

Our host, Chancellor Debra West of Arkansas State University Mid-South, is a key participant. ASU Mid-South does a great job of preparing people for good jobs in our region.

Please RSVP for the Greater Delta Region conference in West Memphis by email at LeePowell@Delta.Comcastbiz.net or to (202) 360-6347.

Schedule, registration and group hotel information are below in this email.

The opening session is Thursday evening, April 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building.

April 26 session is Friday morning and lunch, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the same location.

Among the key issues will be education/workforce development, job creation at good wages, infrastructure, downtown revitalization and Delta heritage tourism, civil rights/diversity, and health care.

Participants will include:

–Mike Preston, Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s right hand man on economic development;

–Mayor Jim Strickland of Memphis and Shelby County Tennessee Mayor Lee Harris of the largest metropolitan area of our region;

–Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis, one of the most senior Democratic Members of Congress;

–Our host, Chancellor Debra West of Arkansas State University Mid-South, who is doing excellent work in preparing people for well-paying jobs in our region;

–Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette who has written many constructive columns about downtown revitalization and Delta heritage tourism projects that not only generate tourist dollars for the region but educate people about our great legacy, and a former Alternate Federal Co-Chair of the Delta Regional Authority;

–Daryl Bassett, Director of the Arkansas Dept. of Workforce Services;

–Zoe Savitsky, Deputy Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center based in New Orleans, Louisiana, expert on children’s issues;

–Mike Marshall, CEO of the Sikeston, Missouri Regional Chamber of Commerce and economic development corporation, another former Alternate Federal Co-Chair of the DRA;

–President Valmadge Towner of Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi;

–Mayor Chuck Espy of Clarksdale, Mississippi;

–Wilson Golden, board member of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi, and a colleague of Caucus director Lee Powell when they were Presidential appointees in the Clinton administration and two of the four senior managers of President Clinton’s Delta Regional Initiative;

–Shelley Ritter, Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Mississippi; Brad Cole, executive director of the Municipal League for the state of Illinois;

–Millie Atkins, community leader and senior Delta Caucus adviser from Monroe, Louisiana;

–Mayor Shirley Washington, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Mayor Sheldon Day of Thomasville, Alabama in the Alabama Black Belt;

–Alan Gumbel of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce;

–Arnetta Macklin of the Memphis Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA);

–Randy Henderson of Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas in Blytheville, Arkansas;

–Mayor James Sanders, Blytheville, Arkansas;

–Priscilla Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission in Blytheville;

–Sen. David Wallace of Leachville, AR; Rep. Monte Hodges of Blytheville; Rep. Chris Richey of Helena and other state legislators;

–Mayor Kevin Smith of Helena, Arkansas;

–Mayor Pro Tem and City Commissioner Richard Abraham of Paducah, Kentucky;

–Mark O’Mell, executive director of the East Arkansas Crossroads Coalition based in Wynne;

–Other grassroots partners from the 8-state Greater Delta region.

We have greatly shortened this conference so that it is a relatively brief opening session in the evening and then just the morning and lunch the next day. We have entirely eliminated the afternoon session in deference to the smaller attention spans of our Twitter-Facebook-Instagram world nowadays.

This is by invitation only and is for not more than 100 influential, knowledgeable leaders from across the region. This is the right size for this event because it is large enough to be a significant number but small enough for each invitee to feel like they are an important part of the whole. We emphasize quality over quantity.

The location on the campus will be the Marion Berry Room and we will get exact directions to that building when it gets closer to the time.

REGISTRATION

Group discounts are available if you can get a group of four or five or more.

Registration fees are $100–$75 for registration fees and $25 for annual membership dues.

You register by paying the registration fees/dues.

The easiest way to pay is to go to the website at mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link at the top of the site that says “Donate.”

If you prefer to pay by check, please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

GROUP HOTEL

We were able to negotiate the very low group hotel discount rate of $69 at the Clarion Inn in West Memphis for April 25.

To get the group discount rate of $69, call the Clarion Inn at (870) 735-4055 and tell them you are with the Delta Caucus group.

Many people will just stay the night of April 25, but if you can stay an extra night to see the extraordinary Delta heritage tourism sites in the Memphis/West Memphis area, you can also get that low rate for Friday, April 26. You would pay far more than that for a hotel just minutes across the Mississippi River in Memphis.

The Clarion Inn is just minutes away across the Mississippi River from Beale Street and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Just FYI–The Memphis/West Memphis area has many great tourist attractions, including the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street, Graceland, the Harahan bridge from West Memphis to Memphis where you can walk across the Mighty Mississippi, and if you are interested in history–the new Sultana steamboat disaster museum near ASU Mid-South in Marion, Arkansas. The Sultana was the worst maritime disaster in US history—the captain recklessly overloaded the boat with Union soldiers trying to return home from Confederate prisoner of war camps, the faulty boiler was not properly repaired, and the boat exploded with massive loss of life.

If you can possibly work it into your schedule, we are encouraging everybody to stay a little longer after the conference ends at Friday lunch on April 26 to see the many historic sites in this local area. You can also get the low group rate for April 26.

Thanks so much. Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Grassroots Caucus (202) 360-6347

Please RSVP for Greater Delta Region Conference in West Memphis, April 25-26, 2019

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 01:58 PM

Please RSVP for the Greater Delta Region conference in West Memphis by email at LeePowell@Delta.Comcastbiz.net or to (202) 360-6347.

Space is limited. Schedule, registration and group hotel information are below in this email.

The opening session is Thursday evening, April 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the ASU Mid-South Marion Berry Building, and then Friday morning and lunch, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the same location.

Key issues: Among the key issues will be job creation at good wages, infrastructure improvements, education/workforce development, downtown revitalization and Delta Heritage tourism.

We will also be continuing our longstanding advocacy for USDA programs in nutrition, rural development and agriculture, health care, support for the Delta Regional Authority, and the pressing serious of issues we have on agricultural trade with opening up trade to Cuba, maintaining our trade with Mexico and Canada, and other trade issues with their impact on agricultural exports.

REGISTRATION

Registration fees are $100–$75 for registration fees and $25 for annual membership dues.

You register by paying the registration fees/dues.

The easiest way to pay is to go to the website at mdgc.us and go to the PayPal link at the top of the site that says “Donate.”

If you prefer to pay by check, please make out the check to “Delta Caucus” and mail to:

Delta Caucus

5030 Purslane Place

Waldorf, MD 20601

GROUP HOTEL

We were able to negotiate the very low group hotel discount rate of $69 at the Clarion Inn in West Memphis for April 25.

To get the group discount rate of $69, call the Clarion Inn at (870) 735-4055 and tell them you are with the Delta Caucus group.

The conference is still three months away so we are in the early stages of putting the program together, but among our early confirmed speakers and others who have participated in the past are included:

–Mayor Jim Strickland of Memphis, the biggest city of our region;

–Our host, Chancellor Debra West of Arkansas State University Mid-South, who is doing excellent work in preparing people for well-paying jobs in our region;

–Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), who is doing a great job of bringing jobs and investment to Arkansas;

–Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette who has written many constructive columns about downtown revitalization and Delta heritage tourism projects that not only generate tourist dollars for the region but educate people about our great legacy, and a former Alternate Federal Co-Chair of the Delta Regional Authority;

–Shelby County, Tennessee Mayor Lee Harris;

–Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis (invited), one of the most senior Democratic Members of Congress, as well as senior Republican Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton who will also be invited—Members of Congress usually confirm much later in the process;

–Other Members of Congress and high level officials including Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell (invited) from the region from both parties;

–President David Rudd, the University of Memphis;

–Zoe Savitsky, Deputy Legal Director, Southern Poverty Law Center, New Orleans, Louisiana;

–Mike Marshall, CEO of the Sikeston, Missouri Regional Chamber of Commerce and economic development corporation, another former Alternate Federal Co-Chair of the DRA;

–President Valmadge Towner of Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi;

–Mayor Chuck Espy of Clarksdale, Mississippi;

–Wilson Golden, board member of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi, and a colleague of Caucus director Lee Powell when they were Presidential appointees in the Clinton administration and two of the four senior managers of President Clinton’s Delta Regional Initiative;

–Brad Cole, executive director of the Municipal League for the state of Illinois;

–Millie Atkins, community leader and senior Delta Caucus adviser from Monroe, Louisiana;

–Mayor Sheldon Day of Thomasville, Alabama in the Alabama Black Belt;

–Alan Gumbel of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce;

–Arnetta Macklin of the Memphis Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA);

–Mayor Pro Tem and City Commissioner Richard Abraham of Paducah, Kentucky;

–Randy Henderson of Nucor Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel of Arkansas in Blytheville, Arkansas;

–Priscilla Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission in Blytheville;

–Sen. David Wallace of Leachville, AR; Rep. Monte Hodges of Blytheville; Rep. Chris Richey of Helena and other state legislators;

–Mayor Kevin Smith of Helena, Arkansas;

–President Terri Lee Freeman or another senior official of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis (invited);

–Porter Briggs, advocate for the White River Bridge in Clarendon and other Delta heritage tourism initiatives;

–Mark O’Mell, executive director of the East Arkansas Crossroads Coalition based in Wynne;

–Other grassroots partners from the 8-state Greater Delta region.

We have greatly shortened this conference so that it is a relatively brief opening session in the evening and then just the morning and lunch the next day. We have entirely eliminated the afternoon session in deference to the smaller and smaller attention spans of our Twitter-Facebook-Instagram world nowadays.

This has greatly reduced the issue we had at times in earlier years of people leaving early, which they especially tended to do in the afternoon session–we solved that by not having an afternoon session.

We would ask that people not leave early before the end of the two sessions–especially at the luncheon–because we don’t want people to be walking out just before the concluding speakers–and the luncheon in particular is one of the most important parts of the program.

This is by invitation only and is for not more than 100 influential, knowledgeable leaders from across the region. This is the right size for this event because it is large enough to be a significant number but small enough for each invitee to feel like they are an important part of the whole. We emphasize quality over quantity.

The location on the campus will be the Marion Berry Building and we will get exact directions to that building when it gets closer to the time.

If you need the exact address, that is:

ASU Mid-South

Marion Berry Building

355 North College Boulevard

West Memphis, Arkansas 72301

GROUP HOTEL

We were able to negotiate the very low group hotel discount rate of $69 at the Clarion Inn in West Memphis for April 25.

To get the group discount rate of $69, call the Clarion Inn at (870) 735-4055 and tell them you are with the Delta Caucus group.

Many people will just stay the night of April 25, but if you can stay an extra night to see the extraordinary Delta heritage tourism sites in the Memphis/West Memphis area, you can also get that low rate for Friday, April 26. You would pay far more than that for a hotel just minutes across the Mississippi River in Memphis.

The Clarion Inn is just minutes away across the Mississippi River from Beale Street and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Just FYI–The Memphis/West Memphis area has many great tourist attractions, including the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street, Graceland, the Harahan bridge from West Memphis to Memphis where you can walk across the Mighty Mississippi, and if you are interested in history–the new Sultana steamboat disaster museum near ASU Mid-South in Marion, Arkansas. The Sultana was the worst maritime disaster in US history—the captain recklessly overloaded the boat with Union soldiers trying to return home from Confederate prisoner of war camps, the faulty boiler was not properly repaired, and the boat exploded with massive loss of life.

The National Civil Rights Museum and Beale Street are truly iconic attractions that should be on everyone’s bucket list to visit.

If you can possibly work it into your schedule, we are encouraging everybody to stay a little longer after the conference ends at Friday lunch on April 26 to see the many historic sites in this local area. You can also get the low group rate for April 26.

Thanks so much. Lee Powell, Executive Director, Delta Grassroots Caucus (202) 360-6347