Chicago took center stage on Saturday for a major debate affecting the black community.
The gathering and panel discussion at Chicago State University was organized by television and radio host Tavis Smiley. Topics included education and the economy.
Those in attendance included civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan and former Chicago Alderman Dorothy Tillman.
Smiley said he thinks the conversation's "time has come in black America."
The leaders also urged black Americans to be counted by filling out their census forms.