BALTIMORE –The NAACP prepares to mobilize thousands of millennials and youth activists within the Black community at the upcoming 110th National Convention, taking place in Detroit, Michigan from July 20 to 24. The convention will feature a wide variety of events and workshops that will empower the leaders of tomorrow to create a better world for all people to thrive.
“Now more than ever this country understands and recognizes that there are consequences to not listening to young Black leaders. Of all the other spaces that exist for our movement to come together, this one should be taken the most seriously,” said Tiffany Dena Loftin, NAACP National Youth and College Director. “When we come together to share new knowledge, challenge oppressive narratives, and when we celebrate each other, our movement gains momentum. When we leave convention this movement of millennials and Generation Z will be reignited to recruit new leaders, lead with solutions, and use their political agency to take America off cruise control.”
The Youth and College Division of the NAACP has been recharged in the last year since National Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin, has joined the Association. On January 19, 2019 hundreds of young NAACP men and women joined the national fight for women’s rights and attended the historic Women’s March in the nation’s capital, continuing its work to promote sustained advocacy and protect civil rights in the modern era.
The youth and college programming at the 110th convention will feature a series of captivating and informational workshops and events all leading up to the grand finale, the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Dinner Royal Gala: Black Renaissance, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the COBO Center. The gala will celebrate the hard work, dedication, and contributions of hard-fought student activism by NAACP’s next generation of leaders.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet prominent voices in advocacy today. Writer and Civil Rights Activist Shaun King will moderate the Roy Wilkins Luncheon: Democracy In Color.
Kid Fury and Crissle West of The Read Podcast, will host the Black Renaissance Royal Gala, and writer and economist Derrick Grace II will lead a workshop on Gun Violence Prevention.
The Youth and College Public Mass meeting will take place on Sunday, July 21. This will be an open, facilitated, discussion on creating the Black millennial agenda. The conversation will center on accessibility and defeating all odds with Harvard University’s first blind and deaf graduate, Haben Girma serving as moderator. This event will be free and open to the public.