Connecticut State Conference Enlists Hundreds of New Youth Members

(Jackson, MS)--NAACP State Conference President Scot X. Esdaile submitted 597 new youth memberships  to the National NAACP membership office during the organization's board of directors meeting this weekend in Jackson, MS.

The massive membership drive was in response to a challenge to state leaders in the name of Medgar Wiley Evers, the NAACP Field Secretary assassinated 50 years ago this summer. Mr. Evers had made youth engagement the cornerstone of his voter registration efforts.

"We honor the memory of Medgar Evers in our actions and in our work," said Esdaile, who also serves on the National NAACP Board of Directors. "I have made it a priority to expand the youth presence in the Association in Connecticut because I know we need a new generation of young leaders to carry the movement forward."

Edaile recruited hundreds of the new youth members during a debate competition hosted by the Connecticut State Conference in New Haven last April, where the debate team from Morehouse College faced off against Yale in the latest in a series of NAACP-hosted "Great Debates" around the country.

"Debate skills will be key in promoting a rising generation of civic leaders," said Esdaile. "For more than 100 years the NAACP has helped young people of color find their voice and engage in their communities. I'm proud to be a part of that tradition."

NAACP memberships can be purchased online at www.naacp.org. Youth memberships, for those under 21 years of age, start at just $10/year.

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