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NC NAACP convention focuses on voting rights

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina NAACP's three-day annual convention will emphasize the need to vote in next month's election.

The convention begins Thursday and ends Saturday, with most events at the North Raleigh Hilton. An awards banquet Saturday features national NAACP President Ben Jealous and will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The convention theme is "If We Ever Needed to Vote... We Sure Do Need to Vote Now!" The meeting will focus on voter education, voter protection and voter mobilization.

The state conference president, the Rev. William Barber, will give the annual "State of Civil Rights in NC" address, followed by a news conference about several subjects, including the NAACP's coalition with lawyers to fight voter intimidation and suppression.

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