NAACP national chair Roslyn M. Brock (second from left), and Cornel William Brooks, president and CEO (to her left), surrounded by convention organizers.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding its annual convention in Las Vegas for the first time in 105 years, and the local community is invited — at least for some of it. Over the coming five days, members of the public can head to Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the following free and open events:
Saturday, July 19, 1-6 p.m., Commerce and Industry Show
Recording artist Manu Dibango and the Cameroon National Ballet will perform for the grand opening of the show, which features an author pavilion where visitors can meet the writers of books such as Black Wall Street and Disciple in America.
Sunday, July 20, 6-8:30 p.m., Opening Public Mass Meeting
U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Assemblywoman Dina Titus open the session, which features a keynote speech by NAACP national board chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock. Brock will talk about where the organization has been and where it’s going during the coming year.
Monday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Youth Public Mass Meeting
Entertainment, awards presentations and a panel discussion will shine a spotlight on recent accomplishments of young black Americans.
Tuesday, July 22, 12-6 p.m., Job Fair
Employers from around the country will have booths advertising career opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes and be ready to network.
Throughout the conference, the NAACP offers continuing legal education seminars (some with lunch included). The association is hoping Southern Nevada lawyers will avail themselves of the opportunity to earn CLE credits while learning about current legal issues in social justice and civil rights.
Leon Russell, convention planning chair for the NAACP, also noted that members of the public can pay $50 for day passes that give them access to everything going on that day. More info at naacp.org.