GABEO Convention Opens

Hundreds of policymakers will converge on Savannah this weekend for a convention. The 35th annual Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials convention kicked off with a news conference at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

The convention is always held in Savannah, at Savannah State University. This year the theme is "Saving the Voting Rights Act--Do You Even Care?"

The theme deals with renewing a section of the Voters Rights Act passed in 1965. Other Georgia issues will also be brought to the table.

"It is so important to inform Georgians and the nation about the agenda of the black elected officials and what those issues happen to be at this time," said Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta).

Some of the honored guests this year include the minister Louis Farrakhan and Mrs. Coretta Scott King and her family. The convention wraps up Sunday.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro,