(LITTLE ROCK) – Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee and New York State Assemblyman of the 79th district in the Bronx, Michael Blake will serve as the keynote speaker for the 14th Annual King-Kennedy Dinner.

“Assemblyman Blake is a dynamic, youthful trailblazer in the Democratic Party and we are grateful to have him in Arkansas,” said Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus President Ted Davis. “He played a dominate role in the election and in the administration of President Barack Obama. Assemblyman Blake’s focus is on strengthening minority-women-owned businesses to have greater access to capital, contracting and opportunities, so they hire community residents and empower our neighborhoods as a whole.  He believes as do many of us that economic development, education and equality are key elements to changing the status quo,” added Davis.

The son of Jamaican immigrants, Blake graduated from Northwestern University and pursued a career in journalism before entering the political arena in 2006 with  the “Yes We Can” training program. He then managed three winning state legislative races in Michigan, became President Obama’s 2008 Iowa caucus constituency vote director, and served in eight additional states, including Michigan, where his team won all seven races as part of their Coordinated campaign. Blake later served as White House associate director of public engagement and deputy associate director of the office of intergovernmental affairs. In 2012 Blake was national deputy operation vote director for President Obama.

The Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus will host its annual dinner on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Metroplex Event Center in Little Rock, AR. A VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 7 p.m. The event was established in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities.  This year eight Arkansans who have positively impacted the state are set to be honored.

Blake sits on the board of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, is an honorary national co-chair of the New Leaders Council and in 2016 became the first sitting elected official to serve as a fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at http://ardemocraticblackcaucus.org/king-kennedy-dinner/

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