Written by Jaideen Cobb
Committed to their academics and extracurricular activities, two vigorous Phoenix College NAACP/BSU students proved dedication reaps benefit by landing leadership role at NAACP’s National Convention. Three-year president of Phoenix College NAACP/BSU Toure’ Masters was elected president for Region 1 of the Youth & College Division during this year’s convention. Francis Bermudez, who is campus secretary, also assumed an office position as secretary for Region 1 Youth & College Division. The convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 16-20. The theme of this years NAACP conference was, “Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count.”
Bermudez and Masters were elected as officers by their peers giving them the responsibility of facilitating and conducting the Youth & College Division meetings that will take place within the conference next year in Baltimore. Bermudez and Masters attended this year’s NAACP National Conference as voting delegates. The students voted on various resolutions, such as, economic development, environmental justice, civil rights and international affairs.
The students were accompanied by Phoenix College NAACP/BSU club advisor Dr. Camilla Westenberg, who teaches African-American literature at Phoenix College. Financial support was provided for one of the students through a travel scholarship awarded by the Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation, Inc.