NAACP College and University Students Embrace “The Torch”

NAACP students and representatives from area colleges and universities met recently for their Arizona State Conference.

NAACP students and representatives from area colleges and universities met recently for their Arizona State Conference.

Edited by AZI Staff

NAACP students and representatives of Mesa Community College, Phoenix College, Arizona State University – Tempe, and Northern Arizona University – Phoenix Branch recently met on a rainy, Sunday afternoon for their monthly college Arizona State Conference. The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Karen Hardin, NAACP Arizona State Coordinator for the College Division, and assisted by NAACP supporter Mrs. Princess Wilson.

Along with their normal business meeting, several students were assigned to do some research on each of the current candidates running for President of the United States of America. The students were asked to prepare a short non-partisan presentation elaborating on the candidates’ beginnings in life, along with the general overall public stated political attributes and shortcomings of each. Following the objective presentations, students engaged in a rigorous dialogue about each candidate.

The meeting concluded with the presentation of “The Torch” which was presented by Phoenix College NAACP advisor, Dr. Camilla Westenberg. “The Torch” is an engagement incentive document launched at the recent Annual Day of Advocacy held by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – Delta Beta Omega Chapter. The document was designed by the Phoenix Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. The energized flame of engagement is based on the old spiritual, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine” which can be found on the Official Site of Negro Spirituals. The Torch provides several task options, or Levels of Engagement in which a person can participate. The students concluded the meeting by enthusiastically singing the old spiritual, “This Little Light of Mine.”

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