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Local officers attend NAACP annual convention

September 1, 2018

Courtesy of the Huntington Youth Council Montez & Davia prepared for Juanita Jackson Michell Youth Freedom Fund Awards Banquet “Welcome to Wakanda, The Royal Gala."

The Herald-Dispatch

San Antonio - The 109th NAACP Annual Convention, held in San Antonio this past July was attended by Huntington Youth Council NAACP President Davia M. Harris and Treasurer Montez A. Tubbs. The youths were delegates, along with Stephanie Buggs, from West Virginia University. Davia served as secretary for youth and college regional meetings and Montez was featured in a “Tribute To Youth Advisors” video at the annual Clara Luper Youth & Advisors Luncheon.

This year’s theme “DEFEAT HATE - VOTE” in pursuit of NAACP mission to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.

The Youth & College Division was provided leadership opportunities, networking and private workshops tailored for them such as Train-The-Trainer, Breaking Down Barriers to Justice, Intergenerational Movements for Change, Labor and Education along with topics such as police violence, incarceration, transforming our justice system, gun violence prevention and women’s rights.

Other discussions held at the convention included Immigration & Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter, hate crimes and campus safety, how to build successful programs and a stronger grassroots movement. Most importantly, voters registration and federal legislative and public policy were also discussed.

Delegates visited “Experience NAACP Expo” for understanding of the national office efforts in the legal department, Washington Bureau, Hollywood Bureau, health, veterans affairs, housing, international affairs and criminal justice. They participated in a HIP-HOP Justice Summit, one of several celebrity-lead events and visited Convention Corporate sponsor booths for scholarship, internship and community information.

Grateful to the many who helped sponsor this experience, the Delegates returned empowered and enthusiastic about the focus and drive from new National Youth and College Director, Tiffany D. Loftin and the abundance of local mentors available for guidance. They feel ready to be a voice to educate and encourage action within our communities. Next years convention is in Detroit, MI.

Huntington Youth Council meets the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Marie Redd Senior Life Enrichment Center. However, due to the start of the Cabell County School year the regular session has been changed to Aug 28th. Youth & College Division Membership is open to youth through the age 25. For information contact HYC Advisor mrsplante.8815@comcast.net

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