Local NAACP hosts 60th Annual Human Rights Dinner


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When and where: Thursday at the Westin Convention Center, Downtown

The cause: The NAACP, founded in 1909, is the nation's biggest and oldest civil rights organization focused on social justice for all Americans. This year's event was centered on health, wealth and education.

Quotable moment: "Will current leaders be willing to pass the baton to the next generation, die with it in their hands, or will someone have to take it from you?" asked keynote speaker Mayor Aja Brown, visiting from Compton, Calif.

Everyone was talking about...Pittsburgh's future: "I've stayed so committed to the NAACP because our society and our community needs our support.... Even in the year 2014, there are children in our neighborhoods who do not have schoolbooks. We need to address these issues before they get out of hand...not after the fact," said Constance Parker, NAACP Pittsburgh Unit president.

#SEEN: Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Charlene Petrelli, Greg Spencer, Bofta Yimam, Morton Stanfield, Tim Stevens, Leon Ford, City Councilman Dan Gilman, Daniel Lavelle and Ricky Burgess were among more than 700 guests.


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