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Derrick Johnson of the NAACP to speak at WVU-P

PARKERSBURG — The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will speak at a program at West Virginia University at Parkersburg next month.

Derrick Johnson will speak at the National Institutes for Historically-Underserved Students Think Tank 2019 as the plenary speaker and as a delegate of the Think Tank. The event, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8, is free and open to the public.

“The NAACP is one of the largest, oldest and most respected civil rights organizations in the world. It embodies the best intentions and bravest outcomes of promoting equity for all people,” said WVU Parkersburg President Chris Gilmer.

Gilmer is the founder of the institutes.

“The NAACP is an exemplary model for us all in celebrating diversity,” Gilmer said. “We are educating not only the citizenry and the workforce of West Virginia, but preparing students for a global economy in which they will engage diverse partners every day.”

The Think Tank 2019 theme, Rise Up, includes two full days of activities on Nov. 8-9. The delegates of the National Institutes will represent 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Also expected at the meeting are Lillias White, Tony and Emmy winner; Aaron Abeyta, National Book Award winner; Lionel Bordeaux, president of Sinte Gleska University; Stacee Reicherzer, transgendered author and motivational speaker; Sarah Armstrong Tucker, chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System; Carmen Walters, president of Tougaloo College; Patrick Saxon, president-elect of the National Organization for Student Success; and Lonie Haynes, vice president of diversity and inclusion, Highmark Health.

Johnson became president and CEO of the NAACP in October 2017.

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