Boston — Here are some of the important participants at this week's Democratic National Convention. John White, Democratic National Committee chairman and temporary chairman of the convention, will open the meeting at 4 p.m. Monday.
He will turn the gavel over to Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill Jr., Speaker of the US House of Representatives and permanent chairman of the convention.
There will be four co-chairs: San francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, Ohio Sen. John Glenn, Colorado State Sen. Baca Barragan, and Pennsylvania State Rep. K. Leroy Irvis.
Rep. Morris K. Udall of Arizona, who sought the Democratic nomination himself in 1976, will be keynote speaker Monday afternoon.
Robert Strauss, Carter campaign chief, is predicting that his camp will win the floor fight on "unbinding" the delegates. In a last-ditch effort to get the nomination, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is trying to defeat a proposed rule, F(c) 3, requiring delegates to vote for the candidate they are pledged to support. But Mr. Strauss says most of the delegates he has taked with "resent" the suggestion that they should be "unbound."
Florida Gov. Bob Graham is to make the formal nomination of President Carter.
Rep. Barbara Ann Mikulski of Maryland is to nominate Senator Kennedy.
Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota, a liberal who was his party's nominee in 1972, is to lead the Kennedy camp in the floor fight to "unbind" delegates.
Sol. C. Chaikin, president of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union , and Coretta Scott King, widow of the civil rights leader, are to second President Carter's nomination.
Muriel Humphrey, widow of and, briefly, successor in the Senate to Hubert Humphrey, will address the convention, as will Sens. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii and Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne, and Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. Host Gov. Hugh Carey and Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York State and New York City, respectively, also are scheduled to address the convention.
Former Rep. Bella Abzug, also of New York, is leading the Convention Coalition for Women's Rights, pushing for stronger platform stands favoring the Equal Rights Amendment and federal funding for abortions.
Sens. Henry Jackson of Washington and Adlai Stevenson of Illinois are being mentioned as possible Kennedy running mates, should the Massachusetts senator pull off his attempt to wrest the nomination from President Carter. Other names being bandied about include Reps. Lindy Boggs of Louisiana and Richardson Preyer of North Carolina, Los Angeles Mayor Thomas Bradley, US Secretary of Education Shirley M. Hufstedler, and Reubin Askew, former Florida governor and now President Carter's special trade representative.
Paul G. Kirk Jr., political director of the Kennedy campaign has had an important role in the challenge to Rule F(c)3.
California Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr., a candidate for the nomination early in the primary campaign, is to address the convention briefly Wednesday, His speech is being seen as an opportunity to show himself as a mediator between the Carter and Kennedy camps -- and as a candidate once again for 1984.