NAACP Summons Emerging Leaders To Reshape An Agenda For Social Justice

Meeting to target second generation of young professionals and entrepreneurs who benefited from civil rights victories of the 1960's and 1970's

A diverse lineup of speakers from the fields of academia, health, media, religion, politics, business, finance and civil rights will address attendees to the first annual NAACP National Leadership 500 Summit, May 26-29 in Destin, Fla. The NAACP is extending an invitation to young adults - aged 25-50 - to help set the civil rights agenda for the rest of the 21st century. Ninety-six years ago, similar invitations were sent to those interested in forming the NAACP to fight for civil rights and to stop a wave of lynchings and race riots in the country.

Julian Bond, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors, said: "The Leadership Summit will bring together some of our best and brightest. They'll network with each other, hear an array of speakers and panelists about the old and new challenges facing African Americans, and will reinforce their commitment to the social justice movement."

Roslyn Brock, Vice Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors, and the inspiration behind the Summit, said: "This will be a special weekend for the next generation of committed leaders who are prepared to join the movement for social justice. Through a series of workshops and meetings, attendees will have an opportunity to network with colleagues from similar or different backgrounds who want to attack some of the problems that plague the African American community today."

The Summit, which will be held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will open with an evening keynote address from NAACP Chairman Julian Bond followed by two days of workshops, interactive panel discussions and facilitated general sessions led by prominent private and non-profit leaders and scholars from across the country. There will also be a town hall meeting moderated by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree. Workshop topics include economic development, the media, education, religion, law, health and entertainment.

In addition to Bond and Ogletree, speakers include: the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona; former Rep. Jack Kemp; Dr. Roland Fryer, Jr.; political consultant Donna Brazile; Dr. Monica Coleman; Bishop Victor T. Curry, senior pastor of New Birth Baptist Cathedral of Faith International; Dr. David C. Forbes, Jr., pastor of the Columbus Christian Center; Earl G. Graves, Jr., president & COO, Earl G. Graves Publishing Co.; Judge Greg Mathis, Superior Court Judge 36th District of Michigan; Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League; Janet Murguia, president and CEO, National Council of LaRaza;

Minister Ava Muhammad, national spokeswoman for the Nation of Islam; Jonathan Slocumb, polling consultant Cornell Belcher, Rep. Kendrick B. Meek (D., Fla.); Rep. Harold Ford (D.,Tenn.), Omar Wasow, Executive Director, BlackPlanet.Com; and L. Londell McMillian, entertainment attorney; Danita J. Barbee, National President, Urban Financial Services Coalition; Dr. Robert Franklin, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics, Emory University; .

"It's past time that we begin to prepare new leaders to take over the mainstream of the organization," said Hazel Dukes, senior member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. "We must ensure that we have people who are ready to learn the NAACP culture, its goals and even its politics. I'm excited and hopeful that this weekend will only be the beginning and folks come away knowing there is a place for them in the NAACP."

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

CONTACT: NAACP Office of Communications 410.580.5125

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