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Media Advisory March 16, 2023

NAACP To Host American Federation of Teachers (AFT) For Education Action Day Town Hall

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March 16, 2023
Contact: Jonah Bryson,

ORLANDO, FL –  Through a partnership with AFT's Reading Opens the World program, the NAACP will be distributing 10,000 books, many of which are banned titles, in 25 predominantly Black communities across the state, encouraging NAACP Branches and Youth Councils to start community libraries with the donations. 

To coincide with the announcement, the NAACP Florida State Conference will host a public education town hall on truth, literacy, and justice on Saturday March 18th between 10 AM - 12 PM ET. The event will feature national, state, and local leaders as they discuss strategies that ensure that Florida students receive a quality education. The first 2500 donated books will be distributed immediately following the event.
WHAT: Education Public Town Hall for Truth, Literacy, & Justice
WHEN: Saturday, March 18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

WHERE: Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

WHO: NAACP Chairman of the National Board of Directors Leon W. Russell, NAACP General Counsel Janette McCarthy Wallace, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, National Education Association (NEA) President Rebecca Pringle, Director of NAACP Youth & College FL Colin Mitchell, NAACP Florida State Conference President Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP Fort Lauderdale/Broward President Marsha Ellison & more. 

DESCRIPTION: Join the NAACP Florida State Conference, educators, students, activists, and community for a special public town hall on the status of truth, literacy, and justice in Florida's public education priorities. Local, state, and national leaders will discuss strategies that ensure all students and communities in Florida have what they need to thrive and participate. Members of the press will have the opportunity to take photos of NAACP and AFT leaders featuring the banned books that will be distributed throughout the state. 

Press and Media who are interested in attending should RSVP by completing the form here



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