Minister Louis Farrakhan will be sharing the stage with one fewer panelist this Friday night at the August Wilson Center.
Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, has chosen not to appear alongside the controversial speaker at a nationally broadcast town hall program.
Farrakhan will speak on the topic of “The Disappearing Black Community and How We Can Get It Back,” to be broadcast as part of “The Bev Smith Show,” which originates in Pittsburgh and is nationally syndicated.
Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) is still scheduled to appear with Farrakhan at the event.
Smith, whose show is broadcast by the American Urban Radio Network, claims in open letters posted on the Pittsburgh Urban Media website that Campbell’s withdrawal from the event was the result of “ pressure from various Jewish and white Christian organizations.”
Smith singles out The Jewish Chronicle as making her “outraged” that “efforts to talk to people we feel are relevant to our community, is an offense against the Jewish community.”
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