Press release from state Rep. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville; September 12, 2014:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 12, 2014) – On Thursday September 18-Saturday 20, 2014 the NAACP Tennessee State Convention will host its 68th Annual State Convention and Civil Rights Advocacy Conference in Nashville, TN. Over 300 volunteers from across the State of Tennessee will participate in this three day leadership and motivational training. Our even will culminate with the Freedom Awards Banquet on Saturday September 20, 2014.The theme for the conference is “All in for Justice & Equality.”
WHO: Tennessee NAACP Conference
WHAT: 68th Annual Tennessee NAACP State Convention & Civil Rights Advocacy Training Conference
WHEN: Thursday, September 18th through Saturday, September 20th
WHERE: Various locations throughout Nashville
The conference begins on Thursday, September 19, 2014 with the Faith Leaders Forums/ Community Day at the Temple Church, 3610 Kings Lane. The Faith Leaders Forum begins at 8:30am. Rev Dr. William Barber, President, North Carolina NAACP is the featured speaker for the Religious Affairs/Membership Luncheon. Dr. Baber will also lead a “Teach In” at 10:30 a.m. about “Moral Mondays”. The evening will end with a Mass Meeting/Memorial Services & Soul Food Dinner with the John Faison, Senior Pastor, of Watson Grove Baptist Church. The public is encouraged to bring can goods to the Mass Meeting which will be distributed to the needy in the city of Nashville.
Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, events will be held at the Inn at Opryland. The theme for the day for Friday is Freedom Friday. The Labor/Human Rights Breakfast & Forum begins at 8:00am with Dr. Donna McDaniel-Mitchell, Special International Representative, LIUNA, Washington, DC. The 12:00 noon Advocacy Luncheon will feature Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings, Pastor of the New Covenant Christian Church. The evening will end with a Youth & College Town Hall Meetings at Tennessee State University Downtown, Avon Williams Building. The Youth and Town Hall Meeting is 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The theme for Saturday is Women in NAACP (WIN) and Youth & College Day. The day begins at 7:30 am with the WIN Breakfast & Fashion Show featuring Rev. Olivia M. Cloud, Owner Garden Angel Communications. A Hat Fashion Show will be presented during the breakfast. Harriet Vaughn Wallace is the Moderator of the Hat Show. Afterwards, a series of adult and youth workshops: Game Changing Advocacy Workshops will be presented. Rev. Brandon Mason, Pastor, Praise Locus Ridge Primitive Baptist Church, Arlington, TN is the 12 noon speaker for the Youth and College Divisor. The conference closes with the Freedom Award Dinner. We are honored to have Attorney Cornell William Brooks, the new national president/CEO NAACP.
Honorary Chairs are Ms. Joelle Phillips, President of AT&T Tennessee., Mr. Bill Freeman, Chairman of Freeman Webb Inc. State Convention Honorary Program Chairs are Mr. Rob Wigington, President and CEO of the Nashville Metropolitan Airport Authority and Ms. Tina Hodges, CEO of Advance Financial.
Ms. Gloria J. Sweet-Love is the State Conference President. Dr. John E. Arradondo is the Nashville Host President. And, Rep. Brenda Gilmore is the Host Conference Chair.