05/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tavis Smiley, African-American Leaders Gather To Discuss President Obama And The 'Black Agenda'

On the eve of his much publicized symposium bringing some of the nation's most prominent black dissident voices to President Obama's hometown to debate whether he's doing enough for African Americans, outspoken TV and radio host Tavis Smiley seemingly threw down the gauntlet.

"It would be fascinating right now to see how Martin Luther King Jr. would navigate and negotiate a dance with Barack Obama, with this president who doesn't want to focus on a black agenda," Smiley, a frequent critic of Obama's policies, told the Sun-Times recently.

"I'm trying to juxtapose the NAACP saying that there is no need for a black agenda. How does the National Urban League say that there is no need for a black agenda? How does the National Action Network under Al Sharpton say that there's no need?" he said.

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