My activities are starting to hit the news, so you might as well hear about it here first. CNN reports:
Herman Cain, the former pizza executive who briefly led the pack of GOP 2012 presidential hopefuls, convened a gathering of Republicans Monday with the goal of devising a strategy to convince fellow African-Americans to join the party.
Dr. Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon enjoying new popularity in the conservative movement, also met with Cain Sunday night, but was unable to attend Monday's meeting, held at the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington. A spokeswoman for Cain originally said Carson was attending Monday's gathering.
"Individually, we are fighting the establishment media, establishment politics, and the narrow-minded perceptions and deceptions that are making us weaker as a nation," Cain said in a statement. "Collectively we can amplify our efforts to help shape a stronger course for the nation and 'main street' America."
The meeting will provide the group conservative African-Americans a chance to get acquainted, but will also focus on "how to collectively expose the damaging effects of the current administration on the black community," according to a Cain spokesman.
Exit polls from November's presidential election showed 93% of African-Americans cast ballots for President Barack Obama.
Other attendees at Monday's meeting include: Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state; Alveda King, the anti-abortion activist and niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; Armstrong Williams, a radio and TV commentator; Niger Innis, a spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality; A.R. Bernard, the founder of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn; Star Parker, a writer and conservative activist; and Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University.
Folks like us need to stick together, work together, think together and have each other's backs. It's as simple as that. We had quite a formidable group of people on hand for this gathering, which only makes me snicker and shake my head when I think of the usual media narrative for us. But we can't get fixated on that. Getting this country back on track will take the power of groups like ours working together.
I'll have more information soon about why this is important and where it's going.