Thursday (Feb. 18) the White House is holding it’s annual Black History Month reception. Before the festivities, President Obama will be having a meeting with old and new civil rights activists.

President Obama Pushes For Criminal Justice Reform

President Obama’s intent for this meeting is to help facilitate the different groups to work together and also for the president to tell the groups of the initiatives his administration plans to put in place for people of color. President Obama already launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” program to help expand opportunities for African American males through mentorship. This program also has the support and involvement from popular Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar. The Obama Administration also intends to talk about it’s initiatives on criminal justice reform and improving the relationship between law enforcement and the African American communities the activists represent.

Kendrick Lamar Teams Up With President Obama ‘My Brothers Keeper’ Program [Video]

The Attorney General, Loretta Lynch will be at the meeting as well as the below representatives of various civil rights groups:

Aislinn Pulley, Co-Founder and Lead Organizer with Black Lives Matter Chicago

• Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network

• Ben Crump, President of the National Bar Association

• Brittany Packnett, Member of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Co-Founder of We The Protestors and Campaign Zero

• C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Leader and Author

Carlos Clanton, President of the National Urban League Young Professionals

• Cornell Brooks, President of the NAACP

• Deray Mckesson, Co-Founder of We the Protestors and Campaign Zero

• Deshaunya Ware, Student Leader of Concerned Student 1950 at University of Missouri

• John Lewis, United States Representative (D-GA)

• Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League

• Mary Patricia Hector, National Youth Director of the National Action Network

• Melanie Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

• Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change

• Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

• Stephen Green, National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division

• Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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