Local NAACP chapter hosts statewide convention

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Fort Wayne’s NAACP branch will host the state convention in the Summit City this weekend. The Event will be held at IPFW’s Walb State Union. This is the third time in 65 years that the local chapter has hosted the convention. The last time was in 2003.

There are 27 NAACP branches across the state and representatives from all of them will attend. All total about 200 people are expected at the convention. There will be several workshops, which will focus on health, criminal justice education, and many other topics.

On Friday, Oct. 21, there were workshops on Labor, Veterans Affairs and Religion and a Labor Luncheon, from noon to 1:30 p.m. On Friday evening, there wasbe a Soul Food Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church which was followed by a Memorial Service & Public Mass Meeting featuring keynote speaker Attorney Barbara Bolling-Williams, Indiana state president and member of the national board.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the agenda includes a Women In NAACP (WIN) Breakfast and Workshop; workshops on Political Action, Health, Membership, Fundraising, Criminal Justice and Environmental Justice and a Membership Luncheon.

The workshop day rate is $20; tickets for the WIN Breakfast are $30 and Membership Luncheon is $40 for adults, $20 for children.On Saturday night, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., a Scholarship & Awards Banquet will be held in IPFW’s Walb Classic Ballroom. Keynote speaker for the banquet will be Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, a pastor and president of the NAACP chapter in Detroit. Banquet tickets may be purchased for $75 for adults, $30 for youth. A President’s reception will follow, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the ballroom.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets should send an email to 3049fwanaacp@gmail.com.