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NAACP to Mobilize Millennials & Youth to Defeat Hate at 109th Annual Convention 

July 5, 2018

Youth and College workshops planned to empower hundreds of next generation activists and leaders 

 

BALTIMORE (June 27, 2018) –The NAACP will mobilize millennials and youth activists to inspire increased voter turnout within the black community at the upcoming 109th National Convention,  place in San Antonio, TX from July 14th – 18th and will feature a wide variety of events and workshops to mobilize the leaders of tomorrow and create a better world for all people to thrive.  

 “We live in a time where Black millennials and post-millennials feel that their voices aren’t heard; that their opinions on issues that directly affect them don’t matter to people in positions of power,” said Tiffany Dena Loftin, NAACP Youth and College Division National Director.  “Our workshops and events in San Antonio will bring several hundred young people together to stress the power and importance of voting, not just in presidential elections, but in mid-term elections too. Elections have consequences and we know that there is a severe drop off in Black voter turnout during mid-term elections, especially with millennials. We will empower our next generation of activists to show our collective strength, and to ultimately make lasting and impactful change in communities of color across the country by voting in stronger numbers.”  

 The Youth and College Division of the NAACP has been recharged in the last four months since National Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin has joined the Association. On March 24, 2018, nearly 1,000 NAACP student organizers from across the country joined the national fight against gun violence and attended the historic March For Our Lives Rally in the nation’s capital. This is just one example of how the NAACP is working with national partners to promote sustained advocacy and protect civil rights in the modern area. 

 The youth and college programming at the 109th convention will feature a series of captivating and informational workshops and events all leading up to the grand finale, the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Dinner: Welcome to Wakanda, The Royal Gala, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. The gala will celebrate the hard work, dedication, and contributions of hard-fought student activism by NAACP’s next generation of leader. 

 Media interested in covering the event should apply for credentials here. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet prominent voices in advocacy today. Activist and Women’s March Organizer, Tamika Mallory will moderate a Hip Hop and Civic Engagement panel at the Roy Wilkins Youth Luncheon and Senior Director of Social Media for MTV/TRL; and Terron Moore, will speak at the Clara Luper Youth and College Luncheon, an event dedicated to honoring youth advisors and bestowing the “Advisor of the Year” award. 

The Youth and College Public Mass meeting will take place on Monday, July 16th, this event is free and open to the public. The conversation will center on a panel discussion with notable organizations that work to advance civil rights alongside the NAACP. This year’s convention theme Defeat Hate – Vote reminds us that we must stay engaged and exercise our civil rights and privileges to combat white supremacy, assaults against lasting civil rights precedents, and social injustice. 

 **Youth and College Public Mass Meeting Panel Discussion Highlight** 

This Non-Violent Stuff Will Get You Killed
 

Moderator: Van Lathan, Reporter, Red Pill Podcast and TMZ 

Panelists: Opal Tometi, Black Lives Matter 

Philip Agnew, Dream Defenders 

Mysonne The General, Recording Artist 

Jamira Burley, Gun Violence Prevention Advocate and Essence 100 Black Woke Women 

Workshops scheduled from Monday, July 16th to Tuesday, July 17th will tackle topics pertinent to today’s political climate such as using collective power at the ballot box, gun reform, reproductive health and women’s rights, and opportunities for advancement in the relationship between the LGBTQIA community and the Black church. 

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Other highlights will include the 40th anniversary of NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technical and Scientific Olympics) final competition and awards, Wednesday’s highly anticipated Freedom Fund Banquet, plus 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.