Event Agenda Highlights

Pre-Conference Activities


Friday and Saturday, June 14-15

  • Annual Juneteenth Festival, Meridian, MS

Sunday, June 16, 2019 |     3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, MS​​

  • The Historic Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
  •  55th Anniversary Commemorative Service for James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner
  • Lighting of Candles for the Three Civil Rights Workers   
  • Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Placing of the Wreath 

Conference Activities

Monday, June 17, 2019 |     Embassy Suites, Birmingham, AL

  • Registration
  • Opening Keynote
  • Morning Sessions and Youth Empowerment Workshops
  • Joan and Dr. Robert Sadoff Recognition Luncheon
  • Afternoon Sessions  and Youth Empowerment Workshops

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 |     Embassy Suites, Birmingham, AL

  • Registration
  • Morning Sessions and Youth Empowerment Workshops
  • Mobile Networking Luncheon and Film Discussion
  • Journey to a selected Civil Rights Site​​

Welcome to the 9th Annual Civil Rights Conference!


Dear National Civil Rights Conference Planning Committee and Conference Participants:

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 9th Annual National Conference on Civil Rights. The National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc. and the Cities of Meridian and Philadelphia (MS) are proud to sponsor this informative and exciting conference and we appreciate your presence and participation in activities focusing on civil rights, social justice, and human dignity.

The two day conference will provide you with a broad range of superb topics related to the conference theme, Rise, Advocate, Educate, and Cooperate:  Political Participation and Silver Rights. We hope you will take full advantage of the workshops, artistic productions, sessions, tours, vendors and networking opportunities that will be available.

This conference, perhaps more than any other conference, provides a broad range of learning experiences for you to engage in. More importantly, this conference promises to generate considerable intellectual dialogue and debate, as well as create opportunities to strengthen existing networks and forge new ones.

Again, welcome to the 9th Annual Civil Rights Conference. If we can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call 



Percy Bland, Mayor                                     James A. Young, Mayor
Meridian, Mississippi                                  Philadelphia, Mississippi