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Dr. Farrah Gray, Eddie Corley, Jr, and Rita Powdrell to Speak at the 2014 New Mexico Black Expo’s Economic Empowerment Day

Albuquerque, NM – Dr. Farrah Gray, a self-made millionaire, Eddie Corley Jr, a successful New Mexico business owner, and Rita Powdrell, an historian and business owner, are three of the main speakers scheduled to speak at the 2014 Black Expo’s Economic Empowerment Day. The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) is hosting and celebrating its first annual Economic Empowerment Day at the 2014 NM Black Expo. The event will be held on August 29, 2014 from 9:00am until 4:30pm at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Albuquerque.

Mayor Richard Berry is expected to attend the corporate luncheon and give comments. According to Yvette Bell, Executive Director of OAAA, “On this empowerment day we are not only recognizing Black business owners and elected officials throughout New Mexico, but we are combining a sense of history and present day business strategies to create a powerful experience for those who attend.” Though it was a great event in the past, the Black Expo did not include an Economic Empowerment Day, which is, in part, why this year’s Black Expo is historic.

The Economic Empowerment Day will include a free public career fair, sponsored by the New Mexico Workforce Connection, that will be held that morning. Attendees are being asked to come prepared to interview. A few of the companies hiring during the career fair are T-Mobile, US Forest Services, Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff Department, and Walgreens.

During the corporate luncheon, Eddie Corley, Jr. of Corley’s Albuquerque Lincoln Volvo will be the keynote speaker. Rita Powdrell will facilitate a special session on the history and legacy of Black owned business in New Mexico. Internationally known entrepreneurial prodigy Dr. Farrah Gray, who has been a millionaire since age fourteen, will close out the day with a presentation on Economic Empowerment.

For more information on the 2014 New Mexico Black Expo and to register for the Economic Empowerment Day visit

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