Obama ad­dresses NAACP July 12

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LOCAL | -

First lady Michelle Obama will ad­dress the NAACP’s 101st an­nual con­ven­tion on July 12.

The group’s na­tional and lo­cal or­ga­niz­ers had hoped Pres­i­dent Barack Obama would at­tend the six-day gath­er­ing in Kansas City.

How­ever, the pres­i­dent is sched­uled to head­line a fundraiser in Kansas City for Demo­cratic Se­nate hope­ful Robin Car­na­han. The fundraiser takes place July 8, two days be­fore the NAACP con­venes here.

The na­tional con­ven­tion is ex­pected to draw more than 10,000 del­e­gates and at­ten­dees to the con­ven­tion cen­ter.

“As the host city for this year’s con­ven­tion, it is ex­cit­ing to have the first lady at­tend our an­nual con­ven­tion,” said Anita Rus­sell, head of the Kansas City chap­ter of the NAACP.

Michelle Obama has be­come a lead­ing ad­vo­cate for health­ful eat­ing and the fight against child­hood obe­sity. She will ad­dress del­e­gates on the third day of the con­ven­tion and will fo­cus on her “Let’s Move” cam­paign, which fo­cuses on ex­er­cise and good food choices for chil­dren.

NAACP Pres­i­dent Ben­jamin Jeal­ous said in a state­ment that dur­ing the con­ven­tion his group would un­veil its own health care and ad­vo­cacy ef­forts to ad­dress health prob­lems in ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties. To reach Glenn E. Rice, send e-mail to grice@kc­star.com.

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