• President Thomas, Vice President Mary Coleman, and NBCSL’s Committee on International Affairs Chair, Rep. Reginald Beamon, sign agreement in the Dominican Republic to promote African American students study abroad through NBCSL’s International Technical Assistance Center (ITAC).
  • NBCSL receives a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to initiate a project to educate its members about approaches to dealing with HIV/ AIDS and STDs.
  • Sen. Angela Monson (OK), an NBCSL Executive Committee member, sworn in as the first African American woman president of NCSL.
  • In Washington, D.C., Fannie Mae sponsors a third symposium for the Committee on Housing; NBCSL’s 6th Annual Gala features former NBCSL member, Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI) and media mogul Cathy Hughes.
  • The NBCSL/Douglass Policy Institute convenes its second symposium in Houston, Texas, on African Americans & The U.S. Energy Infrastructure. The American Heart Association and Novartis sponsor a symposium on stroke for the Committee on Health in the buckle of the stroke belt, South Carolina.
  • NBCSL and the National Medical Association convene a colloquium on health issues.
  • 26th Annual NBCSL Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mississippi State Representative Mary H. Coleman, elected the seventh president of NBCSL.