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The National Urban League conference for 2015 wrapped up on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The annual conference brought out many of the 2016 presidential hopefuls. Among them was Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who told the conference attendees she has a history of helping minorities by improving access to health care, credit, and other opportunities. She voiced her support for the organization’s agenda. Republican former Florida Governor Jeb Bush also addressed attendees saying that education will be a top priority of his administration. Bush also talked about economic opportunity, saying that it’s not good for a society when the next generation has fewer opportunities than their parents. These were just two of five candidates for the nation’s top leadership post to address the delegates. Bernie Sanders, Dr. Ben Carson and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley all spoke. This year’s theme was “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice.” GOP “front-runner” Donald Trump was not in attendance.

Now that the conference has ended, the work continues on the local level. To get involved, contact the Indianapolis Urban League.

Check out the opening plenary session of the national conference of the National Urban League, asking about the priorities of a new generation of leadership and how to mobilize for the next century in the video below:

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