Among the highlights of the National Newspaper Publishers Association conference which kicked off yesterday in Chicago and will continue through Friday, is a debate between Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network and Cornel West, Ph.D., professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton.

They will debate about President Barack Obama and the Black agenda at 12:30 p.m.

That will be followed from 2 – 4 p.m. by a national leaders forum moderated by Harvard Law Professor Charles Olgletree and featuring Sharpton, Chuck Morrison of Ford Motor Co.; Benjamin Chavis, co-founder, president and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network; Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., a professor of sociology at Georgetown University; Rainbow PUSH founder Rev. Jessie L. Jackson Sr.; NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous; and Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at Cal State University, Long Beach and founder of the US organization.

NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell, has also anno-unced that he will not seek re-election, when his tenure concludes during at the end of the conference.