After attending the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People convention last month, Connie Parker is still concerned about the plight of “our” young people.
“Did you listen to the youth?” questioned Parker, president of the NAACP Pittsburgh chapter. “They have great concerns and they are the same on a local and national level.”
Concerns she is referring to include issues with police brutality in the Black community and a lack of jobs. “Our youth need a level playing field and someone to listen to them,” she emphasized.
Those issues and more were topics discussed during the NAACP’s 107th Annual Convention held in Cincinnati, Ohio July16 to 20. “This Annual Convention provides an opportunity for NAACP Delegates and members to act collectively to chart the most effective course of action to address strategic policy goals,” outlined Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors in the convention program.
In Brock’s remarks during the convention kick off press conference she referenced that this is the 80th Anniversary of the NAACP Youth and College Division. Stating that she is a proud alumni of the group and is grateful for its leadership and development structure she said, “I’ve progressed through its ranks as well as many others that have received training and development and now throughout out our nation are movers and shakers and realize that courage must not sk
ip this generation.”