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Georgia Conference of the NAACP meeting in Statesboro

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Statesboro and Georgia Southern University will play host to hundreds of delegates as the Georgia Conference of the NAACP meets this weekend.

They’ll discuss what’s going on in the state as well as the nation.

The national president of the NAACP says state conferences like this give an opportunity to assess the progress made in civil rights, but also look at the challenges ahead.

Members from across the state gather at Georgia Southern this weekend to elect officers and discuss issues like racial equality in the state.

National President Cornell Brooks said that list includes voting rights, judicial treatment and others.

While there has been progress through the group's 106 years, further work continues from the local to national level.

“The times only underscore the importance of the NAACP. What other organization is in, literally, every state, from large cities to small towns,” said NAACP President Brooks. “You see NAACP members at school board meetings, city council meetings, and county council meetings.”

He and others said the work includes getting more minorities registered to vote but also engaged in the political process and helping future generations find opportunities that keep them out of the criminal justice system.

“It's not enough to point the finger at someplace else or someone else. But we must look at what we can fix in our own back yard,” said President Brooks.

And serving as the emcee of the membership luncheon, WTOC's Dawn Baker.

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