Stars, Dignitaries Expected At LULAC Convention
POSTED: 5:21 pm CDT June 24, 2005 / Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Hispanic celebrities and political leaders will gather in Little Rock on Monday for a conference of the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization.
The League of United Latin American Citizens is expecting about ten thousand members for the conference with the theme "Emerging Latino Communities: Strengthening America." Among the well-known figures on the schedule is former President Bill Clinton, who is to speak.
Democratic chairman Howard Dean and Republican chairman Ken Mehlman are expected along with Gov. Mike Huckabee and the chairman of Tyson Foods, John Tyson. Singer Gloria Estefan will headline a women's luncheon with U.S. Treasurer Anna Cabral.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson will attend a unity luncheon with Alphonso Jackson, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Jesse Jackson will also lead a rally for youth conference attendees at Little Rock Central High School.
Estefan to Attend Hispanic Convention
By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 21, 2005; 8:13 AM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Former President Clinton, Gloria Estefan and members of President Bush's cabinet are among those confirmed for events during the national convention of the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization.
The League of United Latin American Citizens is expecting about 10,000 members to descend on Little Rock from June 27 to July 2, said Brent Wilkes, LULAC's national executive director. Clinton will headline a presidential banquet at the Statehouse Convention Center on July 1, said Skip Rutherford, head of the Little Rock-based Clinton Presidential Foundation.
"They told us to expect 10,000," Rutherford said Saturday after taking Wilkes, LULAC President Hector Flores and others on a tour of the Clinton Presidential Library. "To have LULAC in Arkansas is huge for us."
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson and Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral will speak at some of the week's events. Estefan and Cabral are slated to speak at a women's luncheon July 1.
Gloria Estefan attends the People in Espanol's 50 Most Beautiful, May 18, 2005 in a New York file photo. Former President Clinton, Estefan and members of President Bush's cabinet are among those confirmed for events during the national convention of the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization. (AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock, File)
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and his Republican counterpart, Ken Mehlman, are also confirmed participants.
A large gala dinner in the Clinton Library's Great Hall is scheduled for June 29, following a debate among the three declared candidates for Arkansas governor in 2006: Republicans Asa Hutchinson and Win Rockefeller, and Democrat Mike Beebe.
Wilkes said Saturday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and comedian George Lopez had been invited to speak, but declined.
Arkansas' Hispanic population is still relatively small, with just over 100,000, or about 3 percent of the total population, recorded in official census counts. But that represents a 437-percent increase since 1990, second only to North Carolina over that span, and in response, the Mexican government has announced plans to establish a consular office in Little Rock.