NAACP leaders say that as the times and issues change, the organizationneeds to change as well. After an opening session at the chapel, the groupwill continue to meet through there and at the North Raleigh Hilton.
The NAACP convention will include workshops and discussion groups overthe next few days, and will focus on some weighty issues. For Thursday,the emphasis was on re-establishing ties to the African-American church.
One issue that will be the subject of discussion is that of the NAACP'schanging role. Executive Director Keith Sutton says the organization needsto change in order to work within a changed world.
A highlight of the convention will take place Friday at 5 p.m. in frontof the Hilton. Group members will hold a candlelight vigil with a theme of"Stop the Violence, Start the Love".