C-Span covered the NAACP National Convention, recently held in Houston, Texas. Their coverage included a segment on the felony voting rights issue and aired the weekend of August 11th 2012.





C-Span covered the NAACP National Convention, recently held in Houston, Texas. Their coverage included a segment on the felony voting rights issue and aired the weekend of August 11th 2012.

Benjamin Todd Jealous President and CEO of the National NAACP, Dr. William J. Barber, State President, North Carolina NAACP and Dennis Gaddy,  Executive Director of Community Success Initiative, and Criminal Justice Chair for North Carolina NAACP were a part of the eight member panel and teaching session.

See details and link to C-Span coverage below:


The NAACP met and discussed issues within the African-American community including voting rights, education, and civic participation. As pivotal elections approach in 2012, the summit examined the national attack on voting rights and retrogressive measures meant to prevent participation by eligible citizens. The session provided an overview of the national and state-level attacks on voting rights, and provided a comprehensive strategy on the progressive response. Panelists discussed concrete steps to implement the NAACP game changing strategy to increase civic participation and protect and expand voting rights.


This session is 1 hour and 26 minutes, a great session and a great info kickoff and facilitation by Dr. Barber. Watch it when have a chance or look at any portion of the panel discussion by moving the time line on the video after starting the video.


Click here to visit the C-SPAN page for this session



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