Rockford hosts NAACP Convention

Two of Rockford’s largest hotels will be the scene of the 68th Annual Illinois State Convention for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Oct. 1-3. More than 500 people from throughout Illinois will attend workshops and business meetings at Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, and the Freedom Fund Banquet at Ramada Plaza Suites & Rockford Conference Center.

“The Race Is On,” the theme of this year’s convention, has a double meaning. It describes NAACP members as people who are on point, on course, vigilant and alert to the inequities and opportunities up the road. The race also is on to win greater self-determination from the voting booth to the marketplace, and to pass victories and opportunities on to the next generation.

Willie Bell, Rockford Branch NAACP president, said: “To host this event is a great opportunity for our community and the entire state to come together and discuss important issues and to improve the lives of ourselves and future generations. We feel the conference will be a success, and we invite everyone to attend and participate.” The last time Rockford hosted the state conference was in 1997.

A special guest is Shirley Pratt Myers, the director of NAACP Region 3, which covers seven Midwestern states. She will attend the workshop on branch administration.

Admission to the three-day workshop is $20 per person; registration is available at the door. Luncheons on Friday and Saturday are $25 per person; tickets are available at the door.

The Freedom Fund Banquet is $60 per person, and corporate tables are available. The registration deadline for the banquet is Sept. 30. To register, contact Patricia Wilkins at 965-0074 or Jewell Powell at 962-0255.

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