The NAACP 106th National Convention took place this week in Philadelphia, PA. The week long convention presented a host of powerful and compelling speakers who delivered a strong message of significance and relevancy and reminded the world that not only do Black Lives Matter, but that the NAACP is still at the forefront in the struggle for justice and equality for all Americans.
The Lenawee, MI branch of the NAACP was represented by President Jeanette Henagan. President Henagan actively participated in meetings and sessions throughout the week-long convention and also took time to enjoy the festive activities as well as explore some of the wonderful attractions the city has to offer.
Convention goers had an opportunity to hear the first details of the organizations upcoming planned march from Selma, AL to Washington, DC to take place over 40 days and 40 nights later this year. President & CEO Cornell Brooks, of the NAACP revealed his plan for a march on Washington, DC from the historic Edmond Pettis Bridge and the impact it will have on the country and the world.
During this 106th national convention attendees had the opportunity to hear from the current president of the United States, Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 and former president Bill Clinton who spoke the following day. Both men have made significant gains in their combined 15 years with respect to the economy and the well being of people of color.
President Obama is echoing the call for reform of the criminal justice system and putting an end to the disparaging sentences received (mostly by people of color) based on mandatory guidelines. Former president Clinton reminded the crowd that , “We are all colored, and we need to start acting like it.”
This years convention left attendees with much to talk about, much to think about, and even more to anticipate.
The Lenawee County branch as well as our great state of Michigan was well represented. And just as in years past we will continue to show the country and the world just what we are made of. In the words of our illustrious president Mr. Cornell William Brooks, “We are the N.A.A.C.P.”