BOLD DREAMS BIG VICTORIES!NAACP NATIONAL CONVENTIONJULY 11-16, 2009
-Report by Christine Johnson.The Annual NAACP National Convention was heldin New York City, July 11-16, 2009, thebirthplace of the NAACP in February, 1909 andthis was its 100th Anniversary. The Theme was
BOLD DREAMS BIG VICTORIES.
On Sunday, July 12th, I attended the PrayerBreakfast/Memorial Service for deceased NAACPOfficers and members, the Rev. Al Sharpton wasthe "Speaker"
and he preached
!!!! Later on inthe evening the Grand Ballroom was packed forthe Opening Public Mass Meeting, which was veryably presided over by the VP of the Board of Directors, Roslyn Brock.All the dignitaries from NY State and City, StateSenators and Representatives and the US Houseof Representatives Speaker of the House broughtgreetings. The Keynoter was Julian Bond,Chairman of the Board. He was committed towhat the NAACP stands for and insistent in whatMORE has to be addressed and done in the next100 years. He announced that he will not berunning next year for Chairman of the Board.On Monday, July13th, we began having ourRegional Meetings which begin (Mon, Tues, & Wed. @8am) for Region VI (AR, LA, OK, NM, & TX). Sam Bone, Jr. presided and I tookthe minutes. The newly elected Officers 2009-2010 are Chair: Miller Newman (OK), Vice Chair:Gary Bledsoe (TX), Secretary: Twan Jones (OK),Asst. Sec: Yolanda Smith (TX), Treasurer: OraWashington. The 1st Plenary Session had 5 of theformer Presidents/CEOs speak and then ouryoung Pres/CEO Benjamin Jealous gave theKeynote address. He was energetic, forwardthinking and explicit in what this organization hasto and MUST DO in the next 100 years--startingNOW!!!Tuesday, July 14th, at our Regional meeting metwith Miller Newman presiding--we elected Dr.Ernest Johnson (La) as our Regional Nominee tothe Board of Directors. Our present Board of Directors members gave their reports. The Youthof Regional VI elected officers and they wereintroduced. Sam Bone, Jr. (NM State Pres) gavea detailed report of the Region VI's LeadershipConference held in ABQ. In Feb, 2009. TheConference made $1,311.82.There were over 2,000 registered Delegates, and5,000 attendees at this historical Convention--thelargest ever!!!During the Legislative session, I was mostimpressed with the young delegates who spoketo and for different Resolutions on the floor, in aconcise, intelligent, researched, and committedmanner. Some notable Resolutions passed onTuesday, were: National Day of Non-Violence,April4,2010;anti-bullying andHarassment in schools; HIV/AIDS "The WayForward" in 2006 in collaboration with the BlackAIDS Institute; Change the time of AnnualFinancial Report from February to March; NAACPsupports legislation to address RacialDiscrimination and Disparities in Criminal JusticeProsecutions.Tabled Resolutions that will come before theDelegates on Thursday AM were: Combining theEfforts of ACTSO of the mind and Back to SchoolStay in School program to assist in Demolishingof High School Dropout Rates among African-American students.We started all the Plenary and LegislativeSessions with this Call led by the President
FIRED UP--and we answered--READY TOGO!!!!
This was done three (3) times eachlouder than the first. WOW!!!!!Thank you for permitting me to represent theSanta Fe Branch!