Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Impacts Voters Before the Iowa Caucuses
Democratic Presidential Candidates Visit Iowa to Discuss Minority Issues
This past weekend, the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum, the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos, proved to be another groundbreaking event before the Iowa Caucuses. Despite poor weather and airport closures, seven Democratic candidates visited North High School to discuss issues affecting minorities across the country.
HDNet broadcast this historic Forum live, with hosts Dan Rather, Michele Norris of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and Ray Suarez of PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” The Forum also hosted an expert panel consisting of Dr. Juan Andrade Jr., President of US Hispanic Leadership Institute, Angel F. Gonzalez Irizarry Vice-Chair for the State of Iowa’s Commission of Latino Affairs, Adrien K. Wing, Professor of Law, University of Iowa and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network President and CEO. In addition to the Forum’s panelists, local youth posed relevant questions to all Democratic candidates.
The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum was founded by Wayne Ford and Mary Campos in 1984 and has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. Just one month before voters in Iowa are to head to the polls, seven Democratic presidential candidates — which included Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Christopher Dodd, Former Senator John Edwards, Representative Dennis Kucinich, Senator Barack Obama and Governor Bill Richardson — addressed issues affecting America’s urban communities. In addition, to discussing issues affecting minorities in the United States, candidates addressed international affairs, including relations with Cuba.