Keynote Speaker 2017

Myrlie Evers-Williams is a civil rights activist and former chairperson of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (1995-1998). The first female to chair the nation's oldest civil rights organization, she lifted the NAACP out of turmoil at a time when its debt amounted to $4 million and its image suffered from a scandal involving former executive director Benjamin Chavis’s use of funds to ward off a sexual harassment lawsuit. Her frankness and optimism represented a new beginning for the organization. 

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