MTSU welcomes national NAACP president to campus

MTSU welcomes national NAACP president to campus

Benjamin Jealous

National NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Jealous will be the keynote speaker for the Tennessee NAACP’s 65th annual state convention Sept. 23-24 on the MTSU campus.

Jealous is slated to speak at the convention’s concluding event, the Freedom Fund Awards Banquet, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building.

Also scheduled to attend the convention is William Lucy, NAACP national board member and former international secretary/treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Lucy will speak at the Labor and Industry Breakfast, slated for 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Room 322 of MTSU’s Keathley University Center.

Alice Huffman, NAACP national board member and president of the organization’s California state conference, will address the Human Rights Luncheon at noon Sept. 23, also in Room 322 of the KUC.

The Women in NAACP Breakfast and the Youth Leadership Luncheon are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. and noon, respectively, on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the JUB’s Tennessee Room.

All convention working sessions will take place in the Tom Jackson Building on campus. The state NAACP convention is co-hosted by the Murfreesboro branch of the NAACP and MTSU’s Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs.

For more information, contact Dr. Millicent Nelson, associate professor in the MTSU Department of Management and Marketing, at 615-904-9019 or

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