Residents taking part in NAACP training institute

CNJ staff

Six Clovis residents are taking part in a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People training institute this week.

Clovis branch president Selmus Price and five others are attending NAACP Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute Thursday through Saturday in Albuquerque.

Price will be joined by Anthony Mahan, first vice president and legal redress chair for Clovis’ NAACP branch, Lois Hunter, branch treasurer, hospitality committee members Margaret Beachum and Lavail Stanford, and branch member Alvania Mahan.

The adult program includes mandatory training, plus seminars on topics like grant-writing and fund-raising, health and legal redress.

The youth program includes training for youth and college officers and a tour of the University of New Mexico campus.

“It’s motivational,” said Price, who is also the state vice president for the NAACP. “That’s one reason I encourage as many branch members (as possible) to attend. It helps to inspire the individuals who want to enhance the work, whether it’s local or (more broad-based).”

Speaking at the conference are NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Jealous and NAACP Louisiana State Conference President Earnest Johnson.

Voices of Harmony, a Clovis-based group, will also perform at the event, Price said.