North Carolina's Capital City of Raleigh hosted the 65th Annual NAACP State Convention, "Engaging the Methods of Change: Power, Justice, Freedom and the Vote, Then & Now" October 8 -11, 2008 at the North Raleigh Hilton.
Leading national and state experts keynoted and led workshops/seminars on the continuing disparities in the economy, health care, education, housing, workers' rights and other issues that affect the quality of life for all North Carolinians, particularly people of color.
The new national NAACP President and CEO, BenJealous, spoke at the popular Membership Luncheon. He is the youngest ever national leader of the organization.
Previously, he served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, and director of the U.S. Human Rights Program for Amnesty International.
Actor and activist Danny Glover was the keynote speaker at the Freedom Fund Awards Banquet. Glover is well-known for many films as well as his outspoken stance for workers' rights and his stance against racism.
is a movement/organizing/engagement convention which brings together
the grassroots with the intension of pushing a civil rights aggressive
agenda in North Carolina," says Rev. William Barber, president of the NC NAACP.
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On Thursday, October 2nd, the North Carolina NAACP and its partners
embarked upon a historic Pilgrimage for Justice. The Pilgrimage started
from two different points in the state, Winston-Salem and Wilmington,
and walked through cities along the routes, stopping for evening
spiritual renewal services and local news conferences. The two legs of
the Pilgrimage joined together at the NAACP State Conference in
Raleigh on October 9th.
'We' Is the most important word in the social justice vocabulary. The issue is not what we can't do, but what we CAN do when we stand together. With an upsurge in racism/hate crimes, criminalization of young black males, insensitivity to the poor, educational genocide, and the moral/economic cost of a war, we must STAND together now like never before.'