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Carson to give keynote speech, receive award at cultural diversity conference

By DAN TUOHY
New Hampshire Union Leader

February 10. 2015 11:49PM


MANCHESTER — Dr. Ben Carson, a potential Republican presidential hopeful, will visit New Hampshire on April 6 as keynote speaker for a conference being organized by the National Cultural Diversity Awareness Council.

The conference, “Access to Affordable Health Care,” is scheduled to be at the Radisson in Manchester, according to Wayne Jennings, founder and chairman of the council.

Carson will also be honored with a “Keeping the Dream Alive Award” in Education, Jennings said.“The reason is he is somebody who is a strong supporter of kids excelling and getting a good, quality education,” Jennings said. Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager, confirmed the April 6 visit. He said other stops will be on the New Hampshire schedule.

Jennings is still organizing the conference, with additional details to be announced. The event will be open to the public, he added.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and conservative author and commentator, has had decent standing in recent public opinion polls in New Hampshire.

In a University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll of the GOP field released Feb. 5, Carson was at 8 percent, with Sen. Rand Paul, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 9 percent. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker were ahead of those prospective candidates, at 17 and 12 percent, respectively. The Granite State Poll for WMUR had a 5.3 percent plus or minus margin of error.

The National Cultural Diversity Awareness Council, founded in 2000, is a non-profit volunteer organization. It does not give endorsements. The council has honored other political leaders and speakers in the past, including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii.

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee opened an office on Elm Street in Manchester back in December.

dtuohy@unionleader.com


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