Morris was also presented with a plaque for dedicated service by Talladega Mayor Larry Barton and City Council president Dr. Horace Patterson. The recognition came largely as a result of the local chapter hosting and organizing the convention.
Morris said, “It was the first time a small town like Talladega attempted such a task (hosting the state convention). Normally large Alabama cities are afforded this opportunity.”
Morris expressed his appreciation to Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, members of AKA, branch members, other volunteers and the city of Talladega and Talladega County for their assistance with the event.
“Such an event could not have run so smoothly without the support that the NAACP got from the city and county,” he added.
“It was a historical weekend full of high spirits, peace and harmony,” he said. “Visitors were quoted as saying that it was one of the best conventions they had attended and felt welcome and at home here.”
Simelton said, “It's amazing how they turned a gym into an oasis of beauty.”
Mayor Larry Barton and Council president Dr. Horace Patterson presented Morris with a plaque for dedicated service. Barton also presented keys to the city to Simelton and to Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford who spoke at the convention.
“The branch in Talladega is growing,” Morris said, “but to fully realize the importance of the Vote, the importance of the Voice, the importance of Long term Victory, community members must get involved. Our vote is our voice, it is not a racial entitlement.”
Chapter meetings are held at Mt. Canaan ÊBaptist Church every 4th Monday of the month at 6 p.m. For more information, please call Rev. Hugh Morris at (256)362-8720 or Dr.
R. Vincent Clark at 404-271-9540.