“Together we can make a difference.”

That’s the inclusive theme of the 86th annual Oklahoma NAACP Conference, which will be Thursday through Saturday at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid and Spring Hill Suites, 5815 KL Drive.

The entire community is invited to attend. Enid is fortunate to host this statewide convention.

The NAACP’s important mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

The NAACP’s strategic plan for the 21st century includes several worthy goals: a chance for all to live the American Dream, a free, high-quality, public education for all, health equality for all Americans — including a healthy life and high-quality health care —equitable dispensation of justice for all, protecting and enhancing voting rights and fair representation and expanding youth and young adult engagement.

There are two free events to consider: A special tour at 4 p.m. Thursday of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial War at Woodring Wall of Honor, with a special pinning ceremony to be held for all Vietnam veterans. A Gospel music extravaganza also will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Bivins Chapel on the NOC-Enid campus in the Marshall Building at Randolph and Hedges.

Beyond the free events, the registration fee to attend the convention workshops is $100. The Saturday luncheon is $25. Attendance at the workshops is not required to attend the luncheon.

Highlights include a 4 p.m. Friday visit to NOC's Mackie Planetarium and noon Saturday Clara Luper Youth and College Luncheon with Judge Aletia Timmons as keynote speaker at Spring Hill Suites.

For more registration and ticket information, call Mary Ann McCoy at (580) 402-4981 or Lanita Norwood at (580) 278-1461. This is a great opportunity to make a difference.

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