The crowd was electrified at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV during the 2014 NAACP ACT-SO Awards Show. Bresha Webb hosted the program, keeping the audience energized. There was an amazing tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou, based on her legendary poem, I Rise. R&B/pop group, McLain's performance included an ode to hip-hop legends TLC. The show concluded with the crowd participating in a sing-along of Pharell's Happy.
We are pleased to announce our 2014 NAACP ACT-SO medalists. Click here for the full list.
NAACP ACT-SO is kicking off at the 105th NAACP National Convention this week, taking charge of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
Rehearsals began Thursday July 17 with youth from around the country gathering around the hotel's convention center, preparing to show off their talent. To kick-off the event, an opening ceremony is being held Thursday night.
The National ACT-SO competition is being held Friday July 18, featuring music, oratory, science, dance, writing, filmmaking and entrepreneurship categories, to name a few, are held throughout the afternoon. The science and visual arts viewing begins at 6pm. Both events are open to the general public. A talent showcase and social event will also be held for ACT-SO participants.
Saturday’s competition will include a culinary portion at 7am with special celebrity guest judges and a Masters class, beginning at 9am.
ACT-SO 2014 will culminate on Sunday, 1pm with an awards ceremony featuring the R&B/pop group, McClain. Participants of the awards show are asked to post selfies during the show using the hashtag #ACTSOSelfie. Some of the best photos will be shared on NAACPConnect social media throughout the weekend.
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With mid-term elections approaching, the NAACP’s initiatives to ensure voter equality are in high gear. During the recent United States Senate Committee hearing on the Voting Rights Act, the NAACP’s presence was readily apparent and felt when Francys Johnson, President of the Georgia State Conference of NAACP Branches, testified before the committee.
Mr. Johnson spoke of voter discrimination in Georgia, both past and present, and the undeniable need for amendments to the current Voting Rights Act. The amendments would ensure rules and regulations implemented by states and election commissions do not have a discriminatory effect on minorities.
Mrs. Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, echoed Mr. Johnson’s sentiment, and further testified that the increased incidence of voter discrimination in the past year warrants the amendment of the Voting Rights Act to include protections for minorities under Sections Four and Five.
The Legal Department is also taking action to ensure voter equality and access in the upcoming mid-term elections. The Association has launched The Vote Watch Project. The Project enables members to report and combat voter suppression. By utilizing the information provided in these reports, the NAACP has taken action in Illinois, South Carolina, Florida, and Wisconsin to ensure that all eligible citizens are able to exercise their right to vote.
Additionally, the NAACP’s Legal Department and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice prepared voter guides for each of the fifty states. The purpose of these guides is to inform the public of voter registration deadlines, voter registration requirements, early voting laws, absentee ballot deadlines, voter identification laws, and restoration of voting rights laws. By doing this, the NAACP is ensuring citizens across the country are well-informed of their rights and what is required of them at the polls.
Anyone can assist the NAACP in the fight to end voter discrimination. Any individual that has knowledge of voter discrimination, adverse polling practices or regulations can report the conduct to the NAACP by filling out the provided form here. Complaints may also be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org or (410)-580-5114. The NAACP will investigate the claim and take the appropriate actions to ensure that voter discrimination does not occur.
Christopher Smith, NAACP Legal Law Fellow