*When civil rights activists Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Cornel West sit down before the audience at the National Negro Publishers Association (NNPA) convention in Chicago on Friday, June 24, they will ensue in a conversation, or more specifically, a “discussion” and NOT a debate as the proceeding had been previously characterized.

[And yes, we know the word “Conversate” (used in the headline) is not found in the dictionary – yet, but we’re sure you get our point.]

George Curry, nationally syndicated journalist and moderator of Friday’s discussion on “Blacks in the Age of President of Obama” between Sharpton and West, weighed in on Thursday on the highly anticipated event.

“I was very very pained to watch Rev. Sharpton and Dr. West go at it on MSNBC,” Curry explains.  “I just know both of these men and their commitment to our community and I just felt that our community deserved better, that we deserve to have a discussion. So we’re going to have that discussion among Black people.”

Curry (pictured below) also emphasized that this will not be a debate, but a discussion on how African Americans traverse uncharted territory with the nation’s first Black president.

The discussion will take place on Friday, June 24 from 11:30 a.m. (Central) until 1:45 p.m. at the Drake Hotel in Chicago as part of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Black Press of America’s annual conference.