Silverdale will host regional NAACP conference

"The Bremerton chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host the organization’s regional conference in Silverdale next spring.The theme for the conference will be “Future of Community Health: Issues and Concerns for People of Color.” Chapters from across Alaska, Oregon and Washington will attend the conference on March 3-5 at the Westcoast Silverdale Hotel.The theme grew out of a work group new to the Bremerton chapter this year: the community health work group. NAACP members cited a dearth of African American doctors and information within Kitsap’s black community about issues like breast cancer as the impetus for the new group.Chapter President Gwendolyn Shepherd said she hopes the NAACP will partner with other community organizations to address health issues in communities of color. The conference announcement comes at the end of a successful first year as president for Shepherd, despite a substantial increase in membership dues. Membership, the most turbulent aspect of the Bremerton NAACP chapter, held steady at a healthy couple hundred.The regional conference will mark the 90th anniversary of the NAACP, which was founded in 1910 to respond to racism."

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