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2nd Annual State of African Americans in Kern County Meeting

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The State of the African Americans in Kern County is an exceptional opportunity for NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Bakersfield chapter President Patrick Jackson Jr. to talk directly with Kern County citizens, particularly African Americans. "I hope that (the attendees) leave with aspirations ... and a mindset of growth," Jackson said.

The 2nd Annual 2014 Panel discussion will emphasize three primary premises -- opportunity, engagement, and results. These three premises will be discussed in topics such as Business, Education, Religion, Law Enforcement, Media, Health, and Fatherhood.

The topics are important, because they prompt African Americans in Kern County to proactively classify both short-term and long-term priorities in a positive interactive dialogue session with a panel of guest that includes, Anthony Bailey ~ Reporter and Weekend Weather Anchor of KBAK & KBFX Eyewitness News, Arleana Waller ~ Founder/CEO of Rich Girl Entertainment, Danny Morrison ~ On-Air Personality at HOT 94.1, Keith Wooldridge~ President of The Panama Buena Vista School District School Board, Nick Hill III ~ President/CEO of The Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce. Attorney Curtis Floyd will be the moderator.

Last year the NAACP brought together a panel of local black community leaders who discussed issues facing the black community and potential solutions. The list of Panelist included: Morgan Clayton, Captain Hajir Nuriddin, Michael Bowers, Dr. Claudia Johanna, Charles West and Gwen Johnson. Attorney Curtis Floyd was the moderator.

Engagement and results are the goals of NAACP President, Patrick Jackson Jr. this year. One citizen stated that in the pass too much conversation has centered on old rhetorical paradigms. It has been said the debates go unresolved and rarely give way to real change that substantially improve the lives of African Americans in Kern County. NAACP hopes is to change that in Kern County.

The Public is invited to attend this FREE event, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Beale Library, 701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301 from 10:30 to about 1:30pm. You Can Make A Difference. For more information call 661-368-5323 or visit the website at WWW.NAACPBAKERSFIELD.COM

The NAACP will not eliminate racial groups from attending, but they are taking action on what African Americans in Kern County feel are their biggest challenges. Paying particular attention to problems that can be solved quickly with change on a local level. Aside from short-term tactics being discussed, the panel will discuss with the audience ways to develop long term ideas and changes for the future of African Americans in Kern County.

The NAACP Bakersfield Chapter realizes this is no easy process, and it involves pulling together scholars and other experts in hopes for positive change. The process will also require significant input from elected officials, journalists, business, think tanks, foundations, clergy, community leaders, and other communities of color.

NAACP hopes that you will play your part in making positive change for African Americans in Kern County. Let your Voice Be Heard.


NAACP Bakersfield Branch ~ Phone: (661) 326-5323 ~

Power to the People,

Arleana Waller

Writer for Bakersfield Neighborhood Examiner
Author of ~369 Things A Woman Must Enjoy Before She Dies

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