Excitement Builds As ACT-SO Participants Marc Through Magic Kingdom

NAACP ACT-SOLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Aug. 2, 2008) — The anticipation is building as ACT-SO students await tomorrow's awards ceremonies that will include presentations by noted TV & movie celebrities Tichina Arnold and Terry Crews, who portray the parents on the NAACP Image Award-winning TV show "Everybody Hates Chris"; Kee Kee Palmer co-star of the movie "Akeelah and the Bee," another NAACP Image Award winner; Erica Hubbard and Nikki Micheaux of ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights," comedians/actors Chris and Kyle Massey as well as rising gospel music artist Spensha Baker, who is on the Geffen label.NAACP ACT-SO The excitement was further concentrated as ACT-SO participants marched down Main Street USA in Disney's Magic Kingdom this afternoon, a special surprise treat and privilege allowed very rarely. What a lasting memory for the students, their chairpersons, family and friends. "This experience has been life-changing, life-affirming for me," said Phillip Young of Houston, a repeating poetry contestant, as he concluded marching in the parade. "ACT-SO just gets better with time." The Darwin family of Williamstown, N.J. was there too, supporting their daughter, first year classical vocal competitor Jelisa. "I hope she comes away with a greater appreciation of culture, gets to know that there are so many other African Americans her age who are trying to do better and not be so negative," said Darwin her father. "A lot of youth could benefit from being a part of the ACT-SO experience." --from central Florida, Richard J. McIntire, Communications Director-NAACP National Office