Tuesday, July 07, 2015

NAACP Conference Events in Philadelphia

Mushed together from a variety of press releases:

The NAACP will celebrate 106 years of civil rights advocacy by holding its annual national convention in Philadelphia, PA. The convention will feature dozens of events, including remarks from The Honorable Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America; The Honorable Marilyn Mosby, State's Attorney for Baltimore; The Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia; The Honorable Chaka Fattah, United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Corey Booker, United States Senate, Charlie Wilson, Recording Artist and many more!

·    Keynote Speaker Marilyn Mosby, the State’s Attorney of Baltimore, will discuss the incredible ways in which women of color are breaking barriers and beating the odds through self empowerment.  Ms. Mosby will offer unique perspective as to how women are maximizing their value on their jobs and in their communities. Following Ms. Mosby’s speech, panelists Stephanie Brown James, the Founder & Executive Director of Brown Girls Lead, and Monique W. Morris, the Co-Founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, will address the ways that we can strive for justice for women and assist Black girls in finding positive pathways in life. 

     The Author Pavilion celebrates books written by and about African Americans. The event, which is free and open to the public, provides convention goers with a unique opportunity to meet and greet with some of their favorite authors  Charlie Wilson will be in conversation with Frankie Darcell of WDAS radio, discussing his new autobiography, I Am Charlie Wilson, in which he explains how he overcame drugs, prostate cancer and homelessness.  It is a remarkable story of hope and an inspirational example of why one should never give up.  Julian Bond and Phyllis Leffler will be discussing their new book, Blacks In Leadership: A Conversation with Julian Bond, which uses the lives of prominent African Americans from all sectors of society to trace the contours of Black leadership in America.  Seven year-old author, Natalie McGriff will be discussing her book, Moxie Girl, which celebrates natural hair care and self love. Motivational speaker James Edwards will host a panel on the Black Lives Matter movement. Panelists include authors Jean Love Cush and Eric Broyles.  The NAACP Author Pavilion is sponsored by the NAACP National Office and managed by The Oracle Group International.  The Oracle Group is an internationally recognized literary public relations and marketing agency that specializes in producing events that promote literacy.  Our primary focus is to connect authors with events that engage, uplift and promote the local, national and global community.

·    Career Fair

Commerce and Industry Show -- Join Chairman Roslyn M. Brock, Vice Chair Leon W. Russell, President and CEO Cornell William Brooks as they officially open the 46th Annual Commerce and Industry Show alongside nine-time Grammy nominated recording artist Charlie Wilson. From July 11 - July 14th, the show will feature exhibits and booths from industry and emerging businesses leaders, a health fair, an author pavilion, has been a cornerstone of the NAACP’s convention for nearly half a century. This year, the Commerce and Industry Show will also feature an open casting call for the show “Shark Tank” and the ACT – SO culinary arts competition.  ACT – SO is the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

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