Grassroots organization Move-On-Up.org will host ‘Meet Me in St Louis 2011’ Black Conservatives Conference Friday August 12, 2011 at 5pm to Sunday August 14, 2011 at 11am – Hilton St Louis At The Ballpark. This is the first Black Conservative Conference sponsored by the organization, according to Organizer Chris Arps.
The conference will begin Saturday morning with breakfast and an opening session, followed by 5 break-out sessions. Break-out sessions can be attended in a round-robin format and will focus on: Renewing Our Economy, Healthcare Reform, Securing Our Borders, Education, and Strengthening Our Families. Saturday evening will feature the Sherman Thompson Parker Memorial Scholarship Banquet. Scholarship information for high-schoolers pursuing careers in politics will be announced at the event, where conservative author and commentator Star Parker will deliver the keynote address. The conference will conclude Sunday morning with a Prayer Breakfast at the hotel.
Participants can register for the event on Eventbrite . Registration for the conference is $125 and includes a ticket to the baseball game, all meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, banquet and Sunday prayer breakfast), Saturday night meet and greet with Star Parker, registration bag, golf shirt, lapel pin, other materials for sessions, and program book. However, as the organization is aware of the current economic state, they are also offering an economy package for $49 which consists of Saturday meals (breakfast and lunch only), registration bag, golf shirt, lapel pin, other materials for sessions, and program book.
Move-On-Up.org is a social network of African American conservatives and moderates who’s primary purpose is to host a centralized meeting place to network, share ideas, and let the closet Republicans and conservatives know that they are not alone. According to a post by Arps on the organization’s website:
“The second purpose of this site is to grow a true grassroots, un-bureaucratic organization that will be a force on the national scene to advance our agenda within the party and in the national debate. I do not consider myself the leader of this social network. I would much rather prefer that every member of this network take ownership for this site’s success and it’s mission to empower ordinary individuals to do extraordinary things. That is what true grassroots activism should be all about.”
Move-On-Up.org currently boasts over 750 members, which is expected to greatly increase by the close of conference next weekend.