On October 7 thru Oct. 9, 2011, The New York State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host its 75th Anniversary Conference and Diamond Jubilee Celebration, at the Westin Times Square Hotel and Conference Center in New York City. ROSLYN M. BROCK, BENJAMIN TODD JEALOUS, HAZEL N. DUKES
CONGRESSMAN CHARLES RANGEL AND MICHAEL MULGREW TO PARTICIPATEThe Celebration will honor the rich history of the NAACP and examine critical issues challenging all New Yorkers. Participants will enjoy interactive workshops on education, health, civic engagement, economic empowerment and criminal justice.
Reflecting on this occasion President Hazel Dukes said, “The New York State Conference has been a vital component of the National NAACP for 75 of its 102-year history. We have played a pivotal role in moving the agenda for freedom and equality forward. The celebration of our 75th Anniversary gives the State Conference an opportunity to review past challenges, celebrate accomplishments and be emboldened by future possibilities.”
Members and guests of the NAACP from the tri-state area will participate in numerous events during this milestone weekend. The Conference begins Friday, October 7th at noon with registration and the opening plenary at 2:30 PM. At 7:30 PM, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Smith, Senior Pastor and the Congregation of the historic Mother AME Zion Church will host an Ecumenical Service in Harlem (146 West 137th Street) featuring keynote speaker Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the National NAACP and Vy Higginson’s Gospel for Teens Choir, who were recently featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes. This event is open to the public.
On, Saturday, October 8th from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm a number of interactive workshops on health, education, civic engagement, criminal justice and economic development are scheduled. The 75th Annual Luncheon (SOLD OUT) begins at 12:00 Noon and features the dynamic Dr. Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman NAACP National Board of Directors as keynote speaker. NBC anchor and reporter De Marco Morgan will serve as Master of Ceremony. Other participants include: Congressman Charles B. Rangel; Hon. Alphonso David, New York State Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights; Michael Mulgrew, President United Federation of Teachers; Reverend Edward Mulraine, Unity Tabernacle Baptist Church Mt. Vernon, New York; and Hazel Dukes.
The activities of the day culminate with the 75th Diamond Anniversary Awards Dinner Dance (SOLD OUT). Cheryl Wills, Anchor NY1 News and author of “Die Free” A Heroic Family History,” will be the Mistress of Ceremony. Speakers include Paul Busby, Regional General Manager/Vice President Wal-Mart, Inc.; George Gresham, President 1199 SEIU. President Dukes will present The New York State Conference of the NAACP 75th Anniversary Award; Effie Gordon Award, 2011 President’s Award, Past Presidents’ Award, and 2011 Corporate Award to well deserving recipients who will be announced that evening.
The closing program will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2011 with a breakfast, Church Service and a legislative session lead by Kenneth Cohen, Sr., President Northeast Queens NAACP and Judge Laura Blackburne, Retired all at the Westin.
The NAACP New York State Conference 75th Anniversary and Diamond Jubilee Celebration are sponsored in part by Wal-Mart, CSA, Coca Cola, Entergy Nuclear Lilly, Pfizer and 1199 SEIU.