ATLANTIC CITY — Mayor Marty Small Sr. and members of the local NAACP chapter held a press conference Thursday to congratulate the national NAACP on its 113th anniversary.
The national NAACP was founded Feb. 12, 1909, in New York City, said Councilman Kaleem Shabazz, who is also president of the Atlantic City chapter.
“I wish I could point out that the NAACP doesn’t have to fight for civil rights…but that’s not the America we live in,” Shabazz said. “We still have to fight for these things, and the NAACP is still a leader in this fight.”
Feb. 12 was chosen as the founding date because it is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, to recognize Lincoln’s role in ending slavery in the country, Shabazz said. Lincoln was born on this date exactly 100 years earlier, in 1809.
Shabazz called on the community to join the local NAACP and attend the NAACP National Convention, which will be held July 14-21 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
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He also asked residents to attend the Atlantic City NAACP Freedom Breakfast at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 30.
Small thanked Meet AC’s Sandi Harvey for her hard work, along with a team of others, to book the national convention.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for the city to play host,” Small said. “We think it’s a stepping stone to hosting more national conventions.”
The economic benefits of hosting the NAACP convention are expected to be substantial, according to Larry Sieg, executive director of Meet AC.
“Not only will this attract national and international media attention, but we’re looking at over 8,000 attendees – over 7,700 hotel room nights, $9.3 million in economic impact,” Sieg said.
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