National NAACP Brings Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative to New Orleans, Louisiana

On Saturday, July 21, 2012, The National NAACP Economic Department and Environmental and Climate Justice Department will bring its Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The initiative provides economic education and resources to communities of colors financially devastated by the Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.


The Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative will supply local residents with access to hands on financial education expertise through partnering organizations, including the Mississippi Center for Justice, Operation Hope, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Financial Planning Association.  The Initiative will also offer holistic credit counseling and guidance on credit rehabilitation, tax liability and filing insurance claims, and money management.


Dedrick Muhammad Senior Director of the NAACP Economic Department says of the Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative that “one of the foundations of the NAACP Economic work is to empower local communities with the necessary education, resources and partnerships to develop sustainable economic models that advance diversity and equity.  We see this initiative as an important piece of this work.”


The Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative is free and open to NAACP leadership and community residents who are interested in learning how to coordinate financial planning and education efforts in their community.


To register for the Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative or if you have any questions, please contact Lillian Bowie, Director of Economic Research and Strategic Partnerships, NAACP Economic Department at 202-478-6400 or lbowie@naacpnet.org.