The NAACP Southwestern Region VI will conduct its 61st Annual Training Conference March 26-28, 2009 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel. The theme for the Conference is NAACP CENTENNIAL: “100 YEARS AND THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.” Region VI consists of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The NAACP New Mexico State Conference is serving as the host state with the NAACP Albuquerque and Rio Rancho/NW Mesa Branch as the co-host branches for the event.

Conference highlights include several keynote speeches throughout the weekend. Kicking off the event, Dr. Earnest Johnson, NAACP National Board Member and State President, NAACP Louisiana State Conference will speak during the luncheon on Friday, March 27th. Saturday’s youth luncheon speaker will be Former US Ambassador to South Africa, Delano Lewis. Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP will deliver the closing speech on Saturday, March 28th at 7pm during the group’s Freedom Fund Banquet.

Friday workshop topics include: Mandatory Training, Veterans Affairs, ACT-SO, Grant Writing/Fund Raising, Youth & College Opening Plenary Session, Student Empowerment: Race Awareness, 100 Yeare of NAACP History Competition. The day will also include the a Gospel Extravaganza and a Delegates Reception.

On Saturday, the workshops will cover Legal Redress, Membership,Health, Youth Advisors Training, Youth & College Officers Training, What is the NAACP, Direct Action, and Education. Saturday’s agenda will include a Youth Luncheon and the 100 Years of NAACP History Competition Finals.

All activities will take place at the host hotel except a tour of the University of New Mexico for the youth. All events are open to the public.

“The public is invited to attend all the events and to participate in discussions that will have impact on our lives now and in the future,” said Sam Bone, president of the New Mexico State Conference NAACP.

Speaker bios are available here:
Benjamin Jealous
Delano Lewis
Earnest Johnson
Complete Conference Schedule

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.