Media Advisory

March for Our Lives speaker Naomi Wadler and Hidden Figure, Dr. Christine Darden to be honored at WIN Empowerment Brunch during 109th Annual NAACP Convention

July 13, 2018

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Vanessa Mbonu / vmbonu@naacpnet.org  / (443) 900-1412

WIN’s motto: “Outstretched Hands and Open Hearts to Women and Children” 

SAN ANTONIO (July 13, 2018) – The NAACP announces that 11-year old activist, Naomi Wadler will be honored at the annual Women in NAACP (WIN) Empowerment Brunch on Sunday, July 15, as part of the NAACP’s 109th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Ms. Wadler rose to prominence after she delivered a powerful address at the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018, at the National Mall. During which, she reminded listeners about the role African-American women in play in the fight against gun violence. Wadler has since been featured in various media outlets such as Elle, Huffington Post, BBC, and The Guardian.

Wadler’s work is rooted in passion and social justice. It drove her to lead a walkout of her George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, V.A. as a response to the mass shooting at Parkland High School in Florida.

Also being honored is Dr. Christine Darden, retired NASA Aerodynamics Engineer. Dr. Darden was one of the inspirations behind the book, “Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space.” She is a ten-time recipient of NASA’s Certificate of Outstanding Performance and a recipient of the Candace Award for Science and Technology.

The event will be keynoted by Janice L. Mathis, Esq., Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women Washington, DC. A fervent activist, Mathis leads the 80-year-old coalition comprised of 200 community-based with a mission is to lead, advocate for and empower women of African descent, their families and communities.

The WIN Forum, organizers of the Empowerment Brunch, seeks to enhance the leadership role of women, serve as an advocacy vehicle for issues affecting women and children, and advocate for the positive development of children. Wadler’s work to raise the issue of gun violence from the Black woman’s perspective and denounce acts of domestic terrorism, Darden’s legacy as a “human computer” who was instrumental in the United State’s space missions exemplify that calling.

Please join us in celebrating Ms. Wadler and Dr. Darden at this year’s WIN Empowerment Brunch.

WHAT: WIN Empowerment Brunch at the 109th NAACP Convention

WHO:Naomi Wadler, activist and youth speaker; Dr. Christine Darden, scientist

WHEN:Sunday, July 15th 10:30 am to 1 pm

WHERE:Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas Ballroom ABC

More about the NAACP’s 109th Annual Convention

Other Convention highlights include the 40th anniversary of NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technical and Scientific Olympics) final competition and awards, a health pavilion, retail expo, veterans’ luncheon and a diversity career fair. More information about the 2018 NAACP National Convention, including a detailed schedule of events, may be found by visiting naacpconvention.org. Media interested in covering the event should apply for credentials here.