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The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kans. | Local News
The theme for the 63rd annual Kansas state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is "Valuing our Votes, Voting our Values," and NAACP State President Charles Jean-Baptiste said this year that message is as important as ever.
"One of our priorities right now is voter registration and voter participation," Jean-Baptiste
said, noting that the NAACP
is a nonpartisan group."We want people to know their rights and know what they are voting for."Jean-Baptiste and Hutchinson NAACP Chapter President Darrell Pope said the state conference is a chance to highlight all the state's chapters on issues of concern, including education, health care, social justice, civil rights and economic development.
Pope and Jean-Baptiste
encouraged the public to attend Saturday's conference events, including a political action workshop at 9 a.m. and a legal redress workshop at 1 p.m., which will feature a panel of law enforcement members, attorneys and judges.
isn't just for people who are black," Jean-Baptiste
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"Mr. Smith has been very supportive in fostering relationships and diversity in the community," said Charles Jean-Baptiste, president of the Northeast Johnson County Chapter of the NAACP.
said Mill Creek's program was selected from among several metropolitan-area activities and programs nominated for the award.A selection committee reviewed the program and determined Mill Creek did an excellent job of fostering diversity through community education."Their program fostered good relationships with the community, particularly in developing the minds of young children," Jean-Baptiste
said.The award was presented at the organization's annual banquet in August.
The final bidder was the president of the Kansas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Jean Baptiste.Baptiste's bid was $7,000, an amount he said was worth it.
"One day, I might say, 'Look at our president.I bought his
tie at a Washington Days activity,'" Baptiste
said, "and one day that tie might be in the Smithsonian institute
because of who he
speech was an excellent evaluation of the United States and said Obama
is the epitome of an American.
"Nothing was mentioned about race tonight - he
didn't come here as a person of a certain race, he
came here as an American," Baptiste
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