Leaders of NAACP units around Georgia will meet January 24 and 25 at the Averitt Center for the Arts to discuss their legislative agenda and advocacy strategy for the new year. Between 300 and 500 people are expected to attend the conference hosted by the Bulloch County Branch of the NAACP, its Bulloch County Youth Council and the Georgia Southern University Chapter.
The participants will focus on education, one aspect of the NAACP’s five-point “Game Changers for the 21st Century” agenda. They will also discuss various health issues such as the Affordable Care Act, the expansion of Medicaid as well as get-out-the- vote efforts.
Statesboro is the hometown of 34 year old Francys Johnson who was recently elected as state president at the 71st Annual Georgia NAACP Convention and Civil Rights Conference in Columbus. The Baptist minister and civil rights lawyer said he is excited the conference will be held in Statesboro.
Demetrius Fisher, acting Georgia NAACP executive director and special assistant to the state conference president, said a major reason Statesboro was chosen because of the October 5 election of Johnson as state president.