Indiana NAACP conference coming

The 2017 NAACP Indiana State Conference Convention will come to Indianapolis Oct. 26–29, hosted by the Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch at Clarion Hotel Indianapolis Airport, 2500 S. High School Road.

The Education Summit kicks off the convention on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics will include school funding, the state of public schools, charter schools and best education practices.

During the Education Summit, attorney Michael Curry — immediate past president of the Boston Branch of the NAACP and a member of the organization’s national board of directors, who also sits on the executive committee — will share the NAACP’s comprehensive report on charter schools. In addition to his other roles, Curry serves on the NAACP’s Quality Education Task Force, which gathered national data and diverse perspectives on the state of charter schools and their traditional public school counterparts. The Task Force’s report included five critical recommendations, which Curry will discuss.

Attorney Victor Goode, director of the NAACP’s national education program, will also attend the Summit. Various state and local leaders, including school board members, Indiana lawmakers and state Superintendent Jennifer McCormick are also slated to attend.

The Education Summit is open to the public but limited to the first 100 registrants. Registration is $40 for adults or $15 for students and includes breakfast and lunch.


Convention schedule:  

Oct. 27

• Opening Plenary Session

• Health Breakfast

• Labor and Industry Luncheon featuring Richard Womack, AFL-CIO/USW 

• Soul Food Dinner and Public Mass Meeting, 5–7 p.m. at First Baptist Church North Indianapolis, 880 W. 28th St., Indianapolis

​​Oct. 28

• WIN (Women in NAACP) Breakfast featuring Paula Young Shelton, author of “Child of the Civil Rights Movement”

• Membership Luncheon featuring Mary Walker, Wisconsin State Membership Chair

• Youth & College Division Luncheon

•Freedom Fund Scholarship and Awards Banquet featuring Rev. Mark Thompson, radio host of “Taking it to the Streets”

•President’s Ball Reception

​Oct. 29

• Closing Plenary Session

For more information about the NAACP Indiana State Conference Annual Convention, visit

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