Just days before Louis Farrakhan’s Washington event, prominent black conservatives will assemble in the nation’s capital to address issues such as the conduct of establishment black leaders and whether racism played a role in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Called “Reclaiming Our Destiny: The New Black Vanguard Conference II,” the Oct. 11 gathering is co-sponsored by the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and the Heritage Foundation, which will serve as host.

The organizers see it as a counterpoint to Farrakhan’s Millions More Movement event Oct. 14-16.

“Reclaiming Our Destiny” participants include Shelby Steele, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; Peter Kirsanow, member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Linda Porter, Hurricane Katrina survivor and founder of Jochebed Education Project; Joseph Phillips, actor and columnist; and moderator, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND.

Peterson, author of “SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America,” founded BOND in 1990 for the purpose of “rebuilding the family by rebuilding the man,” offering programs that assist families and individuals of all races.

Peterson’s book will be released in paperback Oct. 11 with a new forward by radio host Sean Hannity.

The conference guests will address questions such as:

  • Are establishment Black leaders exercising legitimate moral authority or simply fleecing their constituencies?

  • Is too much government dependency destroying black families?

  • Do black Americans need Farrakhan’s Millions More Movement?

  • How well are black churches combating the moral crisis in urban America?

  • Were Bill Bennett’s recent remarks racist?

  • How can black Americans achieve true success?

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