ORLANDO – The nation’s oldest civil rights organization, believing its has to fight for all of the gains made since its formation more than a century ago, will meet in Orlando this weekend for its yearly gathering, on the theme We Shall Not Be Moved.
The 104th annual convention slated for Saturday through Wednesday will focus on what NAACP leaders call “the modern-day attempts to roll back the progress of the civil rights movement.”
“This year we will continue to build on our strength – hundreds of thousands of individuals connected by family, neighborhood, community and principle,” NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement announcing the conference.
“Our grassroots work across the nation will create a national movement for justice. In Orlando, we will reconnect, rejuvenate and revive our excitement for the work ahead,” Brock said.
The NAACP notes that the convention is taking place in a year that includes the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, along with three Supreme Court decisions affecting civil rights and during the second degree murder trial of George Zimmerman who fatally shot Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford.
“While the future of voting rights and equal access to education hang in the balance, our national and state conferences must hold strong,” said NAACP Florida State Conference President Adora Obi Nweze, who also heads the Miami-Dade branch. This year’s convention is essential as we map out strategies to continue to fight attacks on our civil rights. “