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NAACP convention features workshops

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The Hilton Long Island / Huntington’s renovation included a newly redesigned lobby bar area. (Oct. 3, 2012) Credit: Steve Pfost

Hundreds of civil rights and community advocates from the NAACP will convene on Long Island this weekend for the organization’s New York State Conference convention.

The event, which will start Friday and last through Sunday, will include workshops and discussions on education reform, economic development and health care concerns affecting African-Americans and other minority communities, said Hazel N. Dukes, the conference’s president.

“This is an opportunity to learn about the challenges and programs available and for our advocates to go back to their communities with that information,” Dukes said.

Among highlights will be a plenary session, scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m., where state education commissioner John B. King Jr. will discuss the impact and implementation of President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top education reform initiative, a $4.35 billion investment to help students meet academic standards.

Newsday columnist Joye Brown is among invited speakers for tomorrow’s 76th annual luncheon.

While some of the events are directed at the group’s membership, several panels and the plenary discussion will be open to the public.

Registration for the event, which will take place at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville, is $40.

Above: Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville

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