Friday, December 26, 2008

New coalition of the willing unveiled today in Nashville! Inaugural Ball hopefully just the start

A brave, new coalition of the willing across racial, political and ethnic lines will be unveiled at a 1 p.m. press conference today at the Millennium Maxwell Hotel in Nashville to salute the inauguration of President Barack Obama and his call for new cooperation on the local level to make a difference.

Hopefully and expected, the ball will be just the first of several matters of community concern and action taken by the organizers and its 44 hosts of the event during the new year. One thing is certain, the people involved are very busy people and do not waste their time on things that do not send the right message for the moment and the long term.

And that is the history of the event's primary organizer and coalition builder, the Rev. Enoch Fuzz, who has been a mentor and courageous voice for me and the community of the concerned for the past decade and more. Fuzz will convene and host today's press conference. I am humbled to be one of the 44 hosts, some of who will be on hand at today's gathering.

The news media and the public are encouraged to attend to learn more about the ball and the coalition and how to purchase tickets to attend the Music City inauguration event slated for Jan. 20. Tickets proceeds will benefit several local efforts that do much good for those needing a champion.

And this initial event hopefully will be the first of several for this brave, new coalition of the actively concerned and willing for a better Nashville, Ternnessee and nation.

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