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With blacks having finally become CEOs of national corporations, held some of the nation’s top posts in military, judicial and foreign affairs, the possibility of not one but three serious black contenders for the St. Petersburg Mayor’s race, and most recently the election of the first black President of the United States, who got more white votes than Al Gore or John Kerry. One might ask: What’s a civil rights leader to do? Newly elected president of St. Petersburg’s NAACP branch Ray Tampa now must answer that question. Will his leadership term focus on the battles of the past such as school desegregation and police mistreatment, or does he intend a “post racial” NAACP agenda? How does he intend to respond to those in the community who would say he is too close to, and influenced by, former NAACP head and current State Representative Darryl Rouson? And does he find any humor in the influx of white mayoral candidates to his organization, seeking to perform all manner of services? Join your fellow Tigers to hear how President Tampa intends to “fight the power” in President Obama’s post-partisan, post-racial world.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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