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City Club of Eugene- Race and the mission of the NAACP
July 24, 2015 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Next Friday, July 24the city club of Eugene will highlight the local branch of the NAACP and its attendance at this year’s NAACP National Convention: Conversations Moving Forward In Our Nation and Our Local Communities. Guests: Eric Richardson and Dr. Edwin Coleman This July, Social Justice Activists, Community Leaders, Educators, Professionals, and students came come together in Philadelphia, PA as the NAACP held its 106th annual convention. This Year’s theme ‘Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice’ included a focus on civic engagement, criminal justice reform, economic opportunity, voting rights, climate justice, and education. “Our lives, our votes, our jobs and our schools matter,” said Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO. The event brings people together in a powerful way, and inspires in participants the action, compassion, and commitment they bring back to the communities in which they live. The convention provides great opportunity to our future leaders as well. The NAACP’s Youth and College division participate in workshops, panel discussion and competitions. Maya Agapito, from Eugene, will be recognized for her stunning painting which won the regional gold medal. Join us as Eric Richardson, president of our local NAACP chapter, shares his experience at the event and we hear from Dr. Edwin Coleman, a man who has been a contributing member of Eugene for several decades and who has been extremely influential in shaping the Literature, Ethnic Studies, and Music programs at the University of Oregon. What are the conversations we must continue as we work together for social justice and a better understanding of who we are