NAACP convention to be in Warner Robins this fall

WARNER ROBINS — State and local NAACP officials announced Wednesday that the organization’s 67th annual state convention will take place in Warner Robins this fall.

The convention, in conjunction with the national organization’s 100th anniversary, will be held Oct. 7-11 at Warner Robins CME Church, at 200 Othal H. Lakey Blvd. Edward DuBose, state president of the NAACP, said the convention would be the first time in years that the group, started in the church, would return to its roots.

DuBose, flanked by local chapter president Larry Holmes and Bibb County Chapter President Al Tillman, announced the conference Wednesday morning at the Homer J. Walker Jr. Municipal Complex.

Hundreds of members of the organization’s 130 chapters across the state are expected to attend.

While the convention will pay homage to the past, DuBose said, the subject matter will deal with present issues, including education, criminal justice and health care.

Officials said several candidates for state office, including governor, will be attend the convention.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond is among those scheduled to speak.

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.