Voter Education Tops NAACP Agenda as 2018 Conference in S.A. Approaches

by Morgan Montalvo


Strong turnout at the polls for the November midterm elections is a top goal for July's NAACP Annual Convention in San Antonio.

The  civil right's group's Aba Blankson says the four-day conference  scheduled for July 14-18 at the Henry B.Gonzalez Convention Center will  boast an inclusive slate of activities aimed at educating and empowering  the widest possible range of voters.

Blankson  says the convention schedule includes "workshops on LGBTQ issues, very  dynamic youth panels, we will have a hip-hop summit focused on social  justice and criminal justice reforms."

Recent court  cases involving redistricting and voter roll purging, Blankson says,  underscore the importance of the NAACP engaging in comprehensive voter  education that reaches beyond the organization's core membership. She  says this year's schedule includes special workshops for attorneys on  protection of voting rights for all groups.

"It's all very relevant to our theme, which is 'Defeat Hate - Vote,'" says Blankson.

An estimated 10,000 delegates will attend this year's national convention, she adds.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the NAACP's San Antonio branch.

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