NAACP convention visits Syracuse

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) New York State Conference will hold its 77th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Syracuse hotel at 701 E. Genesee St.  The convention starts at noon Friday and ends this Sunday, Oct. 13.

This year’s convention will focus on the topic “Health Care, Education, Jobs & Gun Violence.”  New York State Conference president, Dr. Hazel Dukes, and NAACP officers and members invite all community leaders, church officers and NAACP members to attend the seminar.

During the three-day forum, attendees will be able to participate in workshops that focus on the Affordable Health Care Act: its effect on the uninsured and the underinsured; the Voting Rights Act; and gun violence in the community. Experts who will instruct on health care include Dr. Jaime R. Torres, Kelvin S. Sapp and the New York State Department of Health.

The education workshop will be conducted by Dr. Lester Young Jr.;  Superintendent Sharon Contreras, the Syracuse City School District; and the state Board of Regents.  Other attendees will include Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner; New York State Assemblyman Samuel D. Roberts; NAACP Syracuse Chapter President Preston Fagan; the Rev. Phil W. Turner; and Syracuse Common Council President Van B. Robinson.

The NAACP was started in 1909 and is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation.  The group includes a half-million members who are active in the U.S. as well as other countries around the world.

To register for the convention, call Thomie at 212-344-7474.  For more information, contact Jameel Barfield with Barfield Public Relations, Inc. by phone at (212) 736-0404 or email at

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