NAACP CEO to visit Parkersburg in November

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PARKERSBURG W.Va. (WTAP) - The President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will be visiting Parkersburg in early November.

Derrick Johnson will be visiting West Virginia University at Parkersburg as a part of their annual Think Tank event which is hosted by the school group of the National Institute for Historically-Underserved Students.

The theme this year is, "Rise Up", and the event will take place on November 8 and 9. Delegates of the Institute from 15 states and Washington D.C. will be in attendance.

"I hope that (Johnson) will bring a message both of hope, and a message of reality to talk about the challenging politics in our nation right now," said Chris Gilmer, President of WVUP. "And what we can all do as citizens who are committed to the common good to try to find common ground where we can work together to get the country on the course that it needs to be for everyone."

The event is free and open to the public. Johnson is set to speak at 1:30 p.m. on November 8.