San Antonio – The NAACP is coming to town. The National President and Chairman of the Board came to San Antonio to announce the convention in front of local dignitaries and members of the San Antonio Branch of the NAACP. Mayor Ron Nirenberg welcomed the delegation with City Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw.
Former Mayor Ivy Taylor was recognized by the NAACP national leadership team as being the driving force to bringing the vision of the local branch to fruition. This is the 100th year anniversary of the San Antonio Branch and the City of San Antonio/Bexar County is celebrating 300 year history.
National Board Chairman of the NAACP Leon Russell said, “We see the chaos at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We are not fooled by all that is going on there as that is a distraction to the real discrimination occurring in the various cabinets everyday.
Cassandra Littlejohn, NAACP Life Member, recorded the entire press conference and was very enthusiastic about the conference. “We will be able to talk to the needs of San Antonio and the greater United States.”
“In San Antonio, we have major issues such as underemployment of African Americans in San Antonio, a lack of contracting with Black businesses, a disparity in treatment of Black citizens with law enforcement, and a systematic shutdown that has anything to do with being Black. We hope that the light can shine on San Antonio for the good, as we need help to free our people from all the issues I have outlined” said Christopher Herring, NAACP Silver Life Member.
Mr. Oliver Hill, San Antonio Branch President commented, “We are celebrating 100 years of advocating for freedom and for justice. The fight never ends. It is time for all of us to join forces.” As Hill departed from the podium, he returned to be with his wife, Minnie Hill, shortly before her passing.
Former Mayor Ivy Taylor stated so thoughtfully, “We like to thank the leadership of the San Antonio Branch and in particular, Mr. Hill and Mrs. Hill. [Minnie Hill] she had a big dream that we would bring the national convention to San Antonio.”
National President Derrick Johnson credits Mayor Taylor for unlocking the key to bringing the conference. He stated, “We are proud to be here [San Antonio]. We will put an international spotlight on this city. Our job is to make Democracy work!
Mayor Ron Nirenberg concluded “We are excited about this convention. I look forward to hearing more about the details. The City of San Antonio is ready for this moment.”
Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw, District 2 stated, “The fight is not over. Our country is in havoc. We need to be strategic in our next moves. This is not checkers, this is chess. This is a great time to come together to organize.
The City of San Antonio will host the 109th NAACP National Convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez, July 14 – 18, 2018. Get registered at NAACP.org. See the press conference on the saobserver.com.