Black Americans serve in influential and decision-making roles in the Democratic and Republican national conventions.
1992 (Jul 13-16)
Greater numbers of Black Americans served in influential and decision-making roles in the Democratic and Republican national conventions. The most significant gains were exhibited at the Democratic National Convention, where chairperson Ronald Brown's gavel started and ended activities in New York's Madison Square Garden. For the first time, Blacks dominated the administrative roles at the convention. Alexis M. Herman served as convention chief executive officer, overseeing a $35 million budget, Mario M. Cooper served as convention manager, and Frank Williams, Jr., was the convention's chief financial officer. Twenty-three other Blacks were named to key positions on convention committees. Some of those appointments went to such people as New York City mayor David Dinkins and Washington, D.C., delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, both of whom served as vice chairs of the Platform Committee, and Representative Louis Stokes of Ohio and Seattle mayor Norman Rice, both of whom were vice chairs of the Rules Committee.