By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The 2017 Alabama Democratic Conference convention will be held on Oct. 13 and 14 in Hoover at the Hyatt Wynfrey Hotel at the Galleria.
“Conceding red outvoted blue two-to-one in their respective U.S. Senate primaries in August, the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) convenes October 13-14th at the Hyatt Wynfrey in Birmingham to prepare members to prove to Alabama voters that Democratic candidates are their best choice for making affordable quality healthcare, good paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, superior public education and accountable public servants are stables in their political diet,” the ADC said in a statement.
The Alabama Voter Education Registration Alliance will assemble a panel of elected officials on Friday at 2 p.m. who will share stories of winning campaigns against all odds; stories told to encourage all persons of goodwill to pursue public service. The AVERA reception is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Saturday morning begins at 8 a.m. with the Q. D. Adams Prayer Breakfast. Workshops including GOTV, Organizing County Units, Targeting Voter Demographics and Messaging are scheduled from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Congressman G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, is the ADC luncheon speaker at noon. Congressman Butterfield represents North Carolina’s First Congressional District. A former civil rights attorney and superior court judge, Butterfield is a committed protector of civil and voting rights. He is also the immediate past chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Other convention highlights include a Washington Report by Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Selma, and unconfirmed and confirmed stops by 2018 gubernatorial candidates, including Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.
The State Democratic Executive Committee meets Saturday at 2 p.m.
The ADC is the Black Political Caucus of Alabama. It promotes political unity and political education, and it advocates and advances the cause of the Alabama Democratic Party.
“The ADC has promoted political unity for nearly 60 years and we’re proud of the success it has brought to the state for all Alabamians,” ADC Chairman Joe Reed said in a statement.
The AVERA workshops and reception are free and open to the public.
The ADC breakfast and luncheon are ticketed events. Call 334-263-4040 for registration and ticket information.
The Alabama Democratic Conference, formerly known as the Black Political Caucus of Alabama, was established in 1960. It was founded to encourage all voters, but especially other African-Americans, to vote for the Democratic candidate, who at the time was John F. Kennedy with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The founders of this influential group include Arthur Shores, Rufus Lewis, Dr. C.G. Gomillion, Q. D. Adams, Isom Clemon and Beulah Johnson.
The Alabama Democratic Conference now promotes the Democratic Party throughout the entire state thanks to having many chapters and other affiliated organizations. The stated mission of the ADC is to “organize” and to “unify” the vote of the African-American population and also to make the African-American vote and opinion appreciated and respected.
Prior to the ADC, most African-Americans in Alabama – when they could vote – supported Republicans due to President Abraham Lincoln’s freeing of the slaves and Republican efforts during the Reconstruction Era to bring the recent freedmen into full participation in American society. Today, the ADC is headed by retired Alabama Education Association Executive Joe Reed.
The ADC endorsed Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the contested Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.