NAACP President to Speak on U.S. Election at New York Conference

July 25, 2016

Humanity in Action is pleased to announce that Cornell Brooks, President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will serve as the opening keynote speaker at this year's New York Conference.

The New York Conference, inspired by the Humanity in Action International Conference, is a regional gathering for Senior Fellows and friends of Humanity in Action. The conference will take place, through a special collaboration, at The New School on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2016. Just two weeks before the U.S. presidential election, the Sixth Annual New York Conference will explore the theme of social justice and the U.S. election, with sessions on immigration, race, inequality and political extremism. 

Cornell Brooks has long been an advocate for democracy and diversity. Prior to his appointment as the President of the NAACP, Brooks led the New Jersey Insitute for Social Justice, advocating successfully for three landmark prisoner re-entry bills in the state of New Jersey. Furthermore, Brooks previously served as Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington and and as a trial attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. 

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and most recognizable civil rights organization in the United States. Throughout its history, the NAACP has relentlessly fought against violations of civil and human rights. From lynching to segregation, job discrimination to urban poverty, the NAACP has always stood steadfast for human rights and justice.

For more information about the New York Conference and to register, please click here.

In addition to President Brooks's keynote, conference participants can expect:

  • Keynotes and breakout sessions – with a focus on the social justice issues at play in the U.S. election, including immigration, racism, LGBT rights and political extremism
  • Tours and site visits in New York about local social justice issues
  • A happy hour on Friday, October 21
  • A Senior Fellow reunion dinner on Saturday, October 22

Please check this page of our website for updates on guest speakers, topics, travel stipends and social events.

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