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The NAACP New York State Conference will convene its 79th annual convention at the Hilton Long Island Hotel, located at 598 Broad Hollow Road in Melville, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11.

This year’s theme, “NAACP: Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice,” reflects the mission of the NAACP New York State Conference in confronting critical problems facing New York’s African-American communities.

“At the convention, there will be officials from NAACP branches and youth units from across the breadth of New York State to address the civil and social injustices that continue to plague New York State’s African-American communities,” said Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference and National NAACP board member.

Saturday, Oct. 10, the keynote speaker for the annual NAACP New York State Convention Luncheon will be Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the National NAACP. Other Saturday highlights include Dr. Rudolph F. Crew, president of Medgar Evers College and former chancellor of the New York Board of Education, who will convene an education plenary session examining “The State of New York Public Education.” In addition, there will be panels on criminal justice, civic engagement and economic development. A health pavilion will be featured throughout the convention. The annual NAACP New York State Awards Dinner, a gala event, will take place Saturday night.

For more information on the NAACP New York State Conference 79th Annual Convention, please call 212-344-7474 or register at