Smiley moderated the first SOBU in 2000 on the eve of the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles.
When we started SOBU there was only one Black nationally-syndicated radio show and only one Black television network.
Ten years later, Black folk no longer have to wait for SOBU in February to hear issues that matter to them being discussed by them.
President Bush outlined his case for invading Iraq just prior to the 2003 SOBU in Detroit.
The 2007 SOBU symposium, in partnership with Jamestown 2007, commemorated the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.