National religious leaders from the NAACP appealed to Orlando's black pastors today for support and participation at the civil rights organization's annual convention scheduled here from July 10-17.
The convention, coming to Orlando for the first time, is expected to draw 10,000 attendees.
Appearing before members of the African American Council of Christian Clergy, NAACP official Rev. Nelson B. Rivers reminded the clergy of the deep association between the black church and the NAACP.
"The NAACP's roots are in the church. The civil rights movements roots are in the church," said Rivers, a national vice president.
The black clergy council, meeting at Jones High School, represents more than 100 churches and ministers, a spokesman said.
The NAACP's 104th national convention presents the opportunity for the local Orange County branch of the NAACP to boost its membership, Rivers said.
"The convention is only going to be here once. It hasn't been here for 104 years," he said. "Between now and the convention, the Orange County branch has the chance to go from being one of the largest branches in Florida to the largest."
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SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel