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NAACP state convention held downtown this weekend

The Wilmington Convention Center Parking Deck could be losing 50 spaces for public use if the City Council agrees to lease spaces to a planned hotel (Port City Daily/Courtesy Wilmington Convention Center)
The Wilmington Convention Center is hosting the NAACP Convention throughout the weekend and is hosting a press conference Friday morning. (Courtesy Wilmington Convention Center)

WILMINGTON — Roughly 500 leaders and activists will come together Sept. 28 through Sept. 30 to discuss pressing issues facing North Carolinians.

The NAACP North Carolina State Conference is holding its 80th convention at the Wilmington Convention Center, situated on the Cape Fear Riverfront at 10 Convention Center Dr.  

They’re congregating around the theme #FightingForward and will address voting and reproductive rights, redistricting, and education reform. The meetup also will put forth NAACP’s policy agenda priorities for 2024.

NAACP North Carolina President and Wilmingtonian Deborah Dicks Maxwell stated in a press release there will be multiple, diverse sessions for participants — “from legislative sessions to plenary discussions, luncheons, and entertainment, the convention will be a vibrant hub of advocacy and collaboration.”

A press conference will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m., at the convention center.

More information can be found about the convention here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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