Spectrum News: NAACP Convention Comes to San Antonio
The NAACP is in San Antonio this Saturday for its 109th convention. The convention serves as a meeting ground for African Americans across the nation to discuss civil rights. The conference’s theme this year is “Defeat hate and Vote.” It’ll include legal education seminars, youth workshops, federal legislative and public policy discussion, a hip-hop summit and diversity career fair.
Organizers are gearing up for the NAACP’s 109th National Convention set to kick off in San Antonio, Texas, July 14 through July 18, with plans to target young people. The civil rights organization reports that in the past four months since the appointment of Youth and College Division National Director Tiffany Dena Loftin, the NAACP’s youth involvement has seen a major revitalization.
FOX29: Bill Clinton set to speak at 109th NAACP Convention
President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend and deliver a speech at the 109th Annual NAACP Convention Wednesday. Clinton will introduce this year’s Spingarn medalist, Willie Brown, Jr. Brown, two-term mayor of San Francisco, renowned speaker of the California Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century has been at the center of California politics and civic life for 40 years.
KIITV: 109th NAACP national convention held in San Antonio
Thousands from across the country gathered in San Antonio Monday for the 109th NAACP national convention. All in attendance hoped to learn something they could take back to their communities. One of the guest speakers, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, was invited by Corpus Christi NAACP chapter President Terry Mills.
KTSA: NAACP Convention Strives To “Defeat Hate,” Energize Voters
Thousands of delegates are in town for the NAACP Convention this week, and the theme is “Defeat Hate-Vote.” “The African-American vote is a key vote in any election, particularly in mid-term elections,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. He told KTSA News the work will continue long after the convention is over. “Our strategy over the next five years is to make sure as a membership-based advocacy organization that we are deeply rooted in civic engagement and challenges,” he said.
“Defeat Hate. Vote.” It’s a slogan meant to empower and bring about action across the country. NAACP leaders say that now, more than ever, civil rights groups are necessary to help people of color step up and make their voices heard. “Our relevancy is as important now as it’s ever been,” said NAACP National Board Vice Chair Karen Boykin-Towns. When you look at society and the rise of incivility, there is a need for us to really look at the climate.”
KENS5: NAACP: this is a critical time to be informed
Thousands of NAACP members from around the world are at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center working on a plan to empower people of color across the country. Eyewitness News reporter Aaron Wright is downtown with the latest.
My San Antonio: NAACP Leaders Stress: Voters Matters
Voter suppression, access to affordable health care, equal treatment in the criminal justice system and judicial appointments are among the issues affecting African Americans covered at the national NAACP convention in San Antonio this week. NAACP leaders opened the convention on Saturday with fiery remarks to energize minorities to vote and defeat a climate of hatred. “Clearly what we have seen across this nation, coming from places that we never thought it would come from — the highest offices in the land — we have seen incivility, the inability of our leaders to talk civilly,” national NAACP board chairman Leon W. Russell said at an opening news conference attended by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his predecessor, Ivy Taylor.
Convention organizers promise educational seminars and workshops on public policy, a hip hop summit, and a diversity career fair.
The Alamo City is hosting the NAACP Conference for the very first time, and this year the San Antonio Texas NAACP branch turns 100 years old. About 400 organizations will take part in the convention and more than 8,000 observers and delegates are expected to attend the event at the Henry B Gonzalez Center. “She has the superpower to diminish the influence of bullies and boost self-esteem and confidence in her peers, so she actively promotes anti-bullying self-loved,” said TiffanyJ, a mentor at the convention center. She added that she wanted to inspire Act-So students, which will take part in 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, with visual and culinary arts.
NewsOne: 11-Year-Old Naomi Wadler To Be Honored By NAACP For Anti-Gun Violence Activism
Naomi Wadler—the 11-year-old activist who delivered a poignant speech at the March for Our Lives demonstration in March—will receive a major honor from the NAACP today. Wadler is being recognized by the organization for her efforts to bring attention to the lack of concern for Black women and girls who have lost their lives to gun violence, the organization reported. Dr. Christine Darden—a retired NASA Aerodynamics Engineer whose story was highlighted in Hidden Figures—will also be honored during the brunch.
I’m a type two diabetic, my mother is as well, and so was my father. We lost my father to complications from diabetes,” actor Anthony Anderson said. Unfortunately for his father, he was diagnosed too late. “I was the first person in my family diagnosed with it, and unfortunately, when my father was diagnosed with the disease, he probably had the disease close to 20 years,” Anderson said.
MySA: For Anthony Anderson, living with diabetes takes balance
The diagnosis from Anthony Anderson’s physician came as a bit of a surprise to him. “I thought I was healthy, you know,” the 47-year-old actor, comedian and writer said. “And I was healthy until the doctor said, ‘Nope! You have type 2 diabetes.” Known for his work in television and film, Anderson, 47, was in San Antonio at the NAACP national convention Sunday, where he spoke about his journey with the disease, which affects 30.3 million people nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
American Airlines Announcement
Dallas News: NAACP lifts American Airlines travel advisory that warned of discrimination against black passengers
The NAACP announced Tuesday it is lifting a travel advisory warning black passengers against traveling with American Airlines that was put in place last year following a string of incidents the civil-rights organization said showed a pattern of bias and discrimination.Derrick Johnson, the group’s president and CEO, said he’s pleased with the changes American has put in place so far, and although there’s still more to be done, the carrier deserves credit for its efforts.
The Root: NAACP Lifts Travel Warning Against American Airlines
The NAACP announced Tuesday that it’s lifting its American Airlines travel advisory, saying it was encouraged by the progress the airline had made in addressing issues of implicit bias. The advisory cautioning black passengers to beware of traveling on the airline was issued last October after several high-profile incidents involving African American travelers. The warning was only the second of its kind coming from the NAACP and the first against an airline.