News release from Mayor’s Office:
The NAACP Connecticut State Conference, the largest and oldest Civil Rights organization in the State, will host its 52nd Annual State Convention in Bridgeport, CT. The convention will be held Friday and Saturday–October 20th & 21st, 2017. Please see the attached schedule at a glance.
This year’s convention will feature the CT NAACP’s 9th Annual Great Debate between Harvard University and Howard University. It’s anticipated that over 7000 Students from across the State will be in attendance. This event will be the largest Collegiate Intellectual Competition of its kind in the United States. The topics of the Debate will be:
1.) Subject Matter – Criminal Justice
Resolution: The House believes that Colin Kaepernick chose the wrong tactic of kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem at an NFL game.
2.) Subject Matter – Gun Control
Resolution: The House believes that there should be a total ban of all automatic weapons for civilian use.
“The Great Debate” will be held at the Webster Bank Arena (600 Main St. Bridgeport, CT) Friday October 20th, 2017 doors open at 9am and the Debate begins at 10am.
Other features of the State Convention will be the Criminal Justice Workshop titled “Nothing About Us, Without Us” a discussion about Re – Entry with the Formerly Incarcerated. The workshop will be moderated by Carleton J. Giles, Chairman CT Board of Pardons & Parole, Saturday 11am to 12:30 at the Trumbull Marriott 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT.
The keynote speaker for the Annual 52nd Civil Rights Luncheon will be Yariela Kerr-Donovan, Senior Director, Human Resources Dept. at John Hopkins Medicine/The John Hopkins Health System. John Hopkins has been the leading employer in the Nation dealing with individuals that have been formerly incarcerated, and she will share information pertaining to their success, and how other corporations can model their efforts.
Friday, October 20th:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Great Debate Harvard vs Howard
(Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT)
12:00 pm -1:30 pm – Great Debate VIP Reception
(Webster Bank Arena)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Registration at Trumbull Marriott (180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Opening Plenary Session:
Election of State Convention Committees:
Election Supervisory Committee (5-7 Delegates), plus 2 Y&C Delegates
Time & Place Committee (3-5 Delegates)
Resolutions Committee (5-7 Delegates)
Credentials Committee (3-6 Delegates), plus 1 Y&C Delegate
Report of the 2016 Election Procedures Committee
Report of Branch Presidents
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Delegate Reception
9:00 pm – 12:00 am Committee Meetings
Saturday, October 21st: Trumbull Marriott
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:00 am Special Session of the Election Supervisory Committee
9:00 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am -10:50 am
Workshop 1 – Minority Teacher Recruitment
10:00 am – 10:50 am
Workshop 2 – Health – Advances in Sickle Cell Disease
Convention Schedule At-A-Glance (Continued)
Saturday, October 21st – Trumbull Marriott
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Election Poll Opens ~ Delegate Voting
10:00 am – 10:50 am Youth Workshop – The Leadership Chronicles Workshop (Youth and College Members)
10:00 am – 10:50 am Youth Workshop – CT NAACP Y&C Advisor Education, Support and Empowerment Workshop (Advisors)
11:00 am-12:20 pm Criminal Justice Workshop – Nothing About Us Without Us (Adults, Youth & College)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Civil Rights Luncheon – Keynote Speaker: Yariela Kerr-Donovan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, SWP; Senior Director, Human Resources Department; Strategic Workforce Planning & Development (Project REACH/Community Education Programs); Johns Hopkins Medicine/The Johns Hopkins Health System
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Freedom Fund Fundraising Workshop (Adults, Youth & College)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Closing Plenary Session (Reporting of All Committees)
For additional information or questions please contact the CT NAACP Office at 860-523-9952, office hours are 10am to 4pm Mon thru Friday.