Convention News Press Release

Graduates of the NAACP NextGen Program to be Recognized at 110th Annual Convention

July 11, 2019


BALTIMORE (July 11, 2019) The NAACP will recognize 68 Graduates from the inaugural 2018 NAACP Next Generation (NextGen) Young Professional Leadership Program during a graduation ceremony and reception at the NAACP 110th National Convention in Detroit, MI on Tuesday, July 23, from 5:00 pm to 7:00. The graduation ceremony will feature the pronouncement of the 2018 NEXTGEN class, highlight the social justice work of the graduates, and award graduation certificates by NAACP National Leaders. Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and architect of the Moral Monday’s Movement, will offer the keynote address to the graduating class.

NextGen is a 12-month leadership development training program for young adults between the ages of 21 and 35 to develop civil rights competencies and leadership skills necessary to be active and effective social justice advocates. The NextGen program features a series of webinar & classroom trainings, case studies, and group exercises. The NextGen curriculum encompasses leadership development, legislative action, unit administration, communications, fundraising, budgeting, intergenerational relations, ethics in leadership, advocacy, and program planning consistent with NAACP strategic plan: Game Changers for the 21st Century.

The inaugural class launched in January 2018 and concluded in December of the same year with a total of 68 graduates. The ceremony will also recognize six Scholars of Excellence, which are 2018 participants that will continue in 2019 to complete the curriculum.

NEXTGEN Graduates are actively involved in their local Branches as subscribing life members of the NAACP, elected officers and executive committee members.  They have recruited hundreds of new members, developed voter action plans for their local communities and have become actively engaged on a wide range of social justice issues. The 2018 graduating class includes NAACP leaders from 29 different states.

To learn more about the 2018 NEXTGEN Graduates, visit here: NEXTGEN Leaders.

To attend the NAACP NEXTGEN Graduation Ceremony & Reception, please RSVP here.





Jeridel Banks, North San Diego Branch

Kailin Scott, Riverside Branch



Julie M. Jones, Stamford Branch



Brittney Calloway, DC Branch

Carmel     Henry, DC Branch

Rikki O’Reilly Jones, DC Branch

Solomon Waller, DC Branch



Valerie     Cambridge, Seminole County Branch

Daniella Pierre, Miami Dade Branch

Vanessa Toolsie, Orange County Branch



Kiara Blue

James Woodall, Bulloch County Branch



Jonathan Jackson, Chicago Branch

Roy Mazuchowski, Carbondale Branch

Jessica    Thomas, Peoria Branch



Ellis Gabriel Dumas III, Gary Branch



Kameron Middlebrooks, Des Moines Branch



Corbin Snardon, Paducah Branch



Leigh-Ann Williams, New Orleans Westbank Branch



Najee Bailey, Howard County Branch

Charnell Ferguson, Prince Georges County Branch

Yanet Amanuel, Prince Georges County Branch



Zane Crute, Mystic Valley Area Branch

Ayanna Polk, Boston Branch

Maya Saunders, Boston Branch



Tami Rey, Kalamazoo Branch



Classie    Dudley, Duluth Branch

Leslie Redmond, Minneapolis Branch



Trey Chinn, Laurel Jones County Branch

Jhai Keeton, Moss Point Branch



Claret Stephens, Reno Sparks Branch


New Jersey

Ashton    Burrell, New Brunswick Branch

Yolanda Melville, Atlantic City Branch

Calvin Pierce, II, Orange Maplewood Branch

Kerwin    Webb, Greater Red Bank Branch


New York

Robert    Blue, Buffalo Branch

Kanasha Blue, Buffalo Branch

Anthony Ellis, Parkchester Branch

Althema Goodson, Ossining Branch

Jessica    Harrison, Parkchester Branch

Robyn    Liverpool, Brooklyn Branch

Candace Modeste, Jamaica Branch

LaShanda Myers, Mid-Manhattan Branch

Shanelle Washington, Mid-Manhattan Branch


North Carolina

LaKeisha Brown, Greensboro Branch

Clarence Bradley Hunt, Greensboro Branch

Dawna    Jones, Chapel-Hill Carrboro Branch



Kayla Griffin, Cleveland Branch

Ronisha Jordan, Cleveland Branch

Danielle Sydnor, Cleveland Branch



Shalondra Harrison, Oklahoma City Branch



Seema    Kazmi, Cecil County Branch


South Carolina

Melencia Johnson, Aiken County Branch



Ebony Capshaw, Oak Ridge-Anderson Branch

April Ricks, Memphis Branch

Christy     Turner, Memphis Branch



Tevin Ellis, San Antonio Branch

Brandy Fields, Arlington Branch

Porschia Harris, Houston Branch

Jessica Reyes, San Antonio Branch

Jalyce Taylor, Houston Branch



Kenny Boddye, Prince Williams Branch

Roquel Crutcher, DC Branch

Cameron Ricquitta Anderson, Fairfax County Branch

Tavorise Marks, Chesterfield County Branch

Zoel Stackhouse, Prince Williams Branch



Louis Harris, Snohomish County Branch



Alex Edwards, Milwaukee Branch





Ashleigh Gaines, Anchorage Branch (Alaska)

Mahogany Blank, DC Branch (DC)

Lauren Poteat, DC Branch (DC)

Jermaine Melton, Greensboro Branch (North Carolina)

Bintou Kone, Mid-Manhattan Branch (New York)

Myeisha Boyd, Brooklyn Branch (New York)



The NAACP Convention brings together over 10,000 activists, organizers, and leaders to set policies priorities for the coming year. Highlights will include a CEO Roundtable, a legislative session, LGBTQ workshop, the awarding of the prestigious Spingarn Medal to Ambassador to Patrick Gaspard, and the signature NAACP Experience retail expo and diversity career fair. More information about the 110th Annual NAACP National Convention, including a detailed schedule of events, may be found by visiting

Media interested in covering the event should apply for press credentials here.


About the NAACP:

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.