73rd Annual State Convention

Learn more about Ralph Mark Gilbert, Father of the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia


Towards A More Just Society

About the Sessions


In each public session, we have dedicated seats for students and community members to learn and share.  The session are held in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center unless otherwise listed below:



  • 10/08 at Noon - Faith and Values Luncheon - Leaders representing the major faith and religious movements in Georgia will break bread; review this past year's pertinent issues; and hear a message from the Rev. Paul A. Sheppard, Senior Pastor of the Thankful Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia.

  • 10/08 at 2:00 PM - Religious Leaders Roundtable - An ecumenical roundtable will explore the civil rights/social justice efforts within our respective work and broader questions of how we take specific steps of unified action to heal the racial divide in the nation. 

  • 10/08 at 7:00 PM - Community Mass Meeting at the Averitt Center Emmy Kelly Theater - a power packed night of praise, worship, and reflections on where we are in the quests for a just society.  Elected, civic and community leaders will give remarks and the Rev. Winfred Hope of the Ebenezer Baptist Church will deliver the Ralph Mark Gilbert Lecture.



  • 10/09 at 7:30 AM - Labor and Industry Game Changer Breakfast - Workforce readiness, favorable business climates; competitive wages; and organized labor are integral parts of a sustainable economy.  With strong export assets in Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and the Georgia Ports and Savannah to the South, Georgia is poised to lead the nation in global development.  This breakfast aims to highlight successes in Georgia on these fronts and hear from state and national labor and business leaders.  UFWC National Leader Robin Williams will give the morning talk.

  • 10/09 at at 11:00 AM - Diversity on the Bench Panel Discussion - The Georgia NAACP recognizes that judicial diversity is essential to helping our judiciary deliver equal justice, restoring the public’s faith in the legal system, and to countering perceptions of systemic bias that currently exist.  A panel of legal experts will assess Georgia's progress and present solutions.

  • 10/09 at at Noon - Convention Keynote Address by the Hon. Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the National NAACP - Brooks leads the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization and will present on its 21st Century Agenda.  TICKETED EVENT - Tickets available here.

  • 10/09 at at 2:00 PM - EDUCATION FORUM I: Current Challenges and Opportunities with Georgia HBCUs - In part 1 of a 2 part conversation on Education, university presidents and thought leaders in higher education discuss the role of a world-class public and accessible higher education plays in building a more just society as well as current challenges and opportunities. 

  • CONCURRENT SESSION | 10/09 at at 3:30 PM - EDUCATION FORUM II - In part 2 of a 2 part conversation on Education, superintendents and K-12 experts assess the pro's and con's of Georgia's proposed Opportunity School District in quest to secure high-quality public education for all of Georgia's children.

  • CONCURRENT SESSION | 10/09 at at 3:30 PM - Closing the Gap Workshop: A look Georgia's Housing Market -  According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, blatant acts of housing discrimination faced by people of color continue to decline, yet more subtle forms of housing denial stubbornly persist.  Learn about strategies from private and government sector to close the gap.

  • YOUTH AND COLLEGE PUBLIC SESSION | 10/09 at at 7:00 PM at Russell Union- YES, BLACK LIVES MATTER -  The Georgia NAACP Youth and College's present a night of social awareness of the issues of policing, criminal justice and exercising the right to vote.  The program will feature areas fraternity and sorority step teams, spoken word artists, food, dance, and music.



  • 10/10 at 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - CPR ANYTIME TRAINING - Program conducted by the Bulloch County EMS and the American Heart Association allows anyone to learn the core skills of CPR in just 20 minutes using their own personal kit. The kit contains everything needed to learn basic CPR, AED skills and choking relief anywhere, from the comfort of your home to a large group setting.

  • CONCURRENT WORKSHOP | 10/10 at 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM  Economic Sustainability Workshop: Financial Literacy and Economic Freedom - Making thoughtful and informed decisions about your finances is more important than ever. Several economic trends are converging that demonstrate the importance of financial literacy.  A panel of financial and legal experts present best practices for securing economic freedom and practical insights.

  • CONCURRENT WORKSHOP | 10/10 at 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Health and Wellness Workshop - People from diverse communities often face additional barriers to treatment, such as discrimination and a lack of culturally competent mental health providers and services. It is crucial that a comprehensive plan to improve services and outcomes for people of color with mental illness address these surrounding circumstances as well as specific treatment and service issues.  Leading mental health experts present on developments and challenges in the field.

  • YOUTH AND COLLEGE SESSION | 10/10 at 10:30 - 11:45 AM - YES, BLACK LIVES MATTER: Understanding Trends and Tactics 21st Century Grassroots Organizing - In part 1 of a 2 part conversation with young adult activists from the American Friend Service Committee, Moral Monday Georgia, and It's Bigger than You, attendees will explore the history of grassroots organizing and activism within the historic civil rights movement and the new movement taking shape.

  • 10/10 at NOON - ADVOCACY LUNCHEON - Delegates will from political leaders of both parties and updates on the Georgia NAACP's legislative agenda.  Georgia Black Caucus Chair Representative Dee Dawkins will provide the Luncheon Special Remarks. TICKETED EVENT - Tickets available here. 

  • VOTING RIGHTS PANEL | 10/10 at 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM  A panel discussion celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  This commemorative panel  featuring leading lawyers from the ACLU, NAACP LDF, SCLC among others discussing the struggle to protect and expand the right to vote.

  • YOUTH AND COLLEGE SESSION | 10/10 at 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM The Intersection: The Law and You -  A practical look from judges, lawyers and police officers the intersection between the law and citizens.

  • 10/10 at at 7:00 PM - 73rd Annual Freedom Gala -  The Georgia NAACP will close the Convention with a Gala featuring live music and awards.  TICKETED EVENT - Tickets available here. 

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