The event will open with a press conference today from 10-10:30 a.m. at the Talladega Regional Family Life Center at 405 W. Battle St. There will be a meet and greet from 7:30-8:45 p.m.
The labor breakfast will be Friday from 7:30-8:45 a.m., followed by a delegate reception starting at 9 a.m.
Gov. Robert Bentley will address veterans and delegates at the Veterans Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Later that evening, Johnny Ford, Tuskegee mayor and civil rights icon, will address a mass meeting at Peace Baptist Church on Lokey Street.
Saturday will feature a WIN breakfast from 7:30-8:45 a.m., the AYCD luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and an awards banquet beginning at 7 p.m.
During this banquet, the winner of the Medgar Evers Leadership Award will be announced.
According to a release, the winner will be “an active NAACP member and a civil rights icon. The timing of the presentation commemorates the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination.”
Also Saturday, there will be “panel discussions … pertaining to the 1963 Civil Rights Movement, to include the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and the integration of the University of Alabama,” according to state conference President Bennard Simelton. Attorney Brian Stephenson, president and CEO of the Equal Justice Initiative, will be the keynote speaker.
Other topics of discussion throughout the week will include “current national, state and local businesses (including) health, membership, restoration of voting rights, the Voting Rights Act, photo id laws, communications and stand your ground laws. Conference business will also be discussed.
In addition to various workshops and presentations, there will also be a statewide oratorical competition.
For more information, contact the Rev. Hugh Morris, at 256-493-0525.
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