The NAACP's 15th Annual California State Convention will be held at the Burbank Hilton Hotel in Burbank, California, October 24-27.
With California's status as the world's fifth largest economy, and state-wide elections to be held mere days after the Convention, the appropriate theme for this year's event is "Promises, Politics and Power." The timing of the convention is critical because of the looming possibility of war, as well as our uncertain economic conditions that impact African Americans and the nation. To that end, Alice Huffman, President of the California State Convention, NAACP, has issued a call for action by inviting key political and business figures to discuss their stance on minority participation in the state's political and economic process. "We are living at a time where we have learned to use the rights gained during the civil rights struggle of the last century," Huffman reports in her President's Message. "This convention issues a call to action. The NAACP is needed more than ever... We must get into the economic mainstream and create more wealth and businesses in the community, to turn our dollars over to each other. We must advocate for quality health care for our children and seniors as a basic right." Invitees to discuss the issues include California Governor Gray Davis, Republican gubernatorial challenger Bill Simon, California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, and many more, to speak before Convention attendees. Included in the four-day event are Job Fairs, a Legislative Black Caucus Health Hearing, Education in the classroom, a Voting Rights Protection Breakfast and numerous Business Sessions throughout the Convention.
On Saturday, October 26, the NAACP will honor former Beverly Hills Chapter President Willis Edwards at its Annual Dinner Celebration..
Alice Huffman underscores the importance of the 15th Annual California State Convention: "Our vote ensures that we elect only those who answer positively to the Civil Rights agenda, for it is the right agenda for every citizen."
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