Record Number of NAACP Youth Members from Connecticut State Conference

This past weekend, NAACP State Conference President Scot X. Esdaile submitted  a record 597 new youth memberships to the National NAACP membership office during the board of directors meeting in Jackson, Mississippi.

State leaders were challenged to build youth memberships in the name of Medgar Wiley Evers, the NAACP Field Secretary assassinated 50 years ago this summer. Youth engagement was  the cornerstone of Mr. Evers' voter registration efforts.

National Board of Directors member and Connecticut State Conference President Esdaile spoke about bolstering NAACP youth membership:

We honor the memory of Medgar Evers in our actions and in our work.  I have made it  a priority to expand the youth presence in the Association in Connecticut because I  know we need a new generation of young leaders to carry the movement forward.

Esdaile recruited hundreds of the new youth members during a debate competition hosted by the Connecticut State Conference in New Haven last April, where the debate team from Morehouse College faced off against Yale in the latest in a series of NAACP-hosted "Great Debates" around the country.  President Esdaile went on to describe the value of debate skills for youth:

Debate skills will be key in promoting a rising generation of civic leaders. For more than  100 years the NAACP has helped young people of color find their voice and engage in  their communities. I'm proud to be a part of that tradition. 

Do you know a youth who is not an NAACP member?  Purchase a youth membership for young people under 21 today for only ten dollars a year.  Click here.