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Daniels to speak at NAACP banquet

YOUNGSTOWN — Veteran social and political activist and Youngstown native Ron Daniels will visit the city October 4-6 to serve as a keynote speaker for the Freedom Fund Banquet of the Youngstown / Mahoning County Branch of the NAACP.

He also will attend a service at New Bethel Baptist Church during his stay.

“It’s always good to return to the source, to come back home to be among the people who have contributed so much to whatever success I have achieved,” Daniels said.

He also announced that the premier book signings for his first book, “Still on this Journey: The Vision and Mission of Dr. Ron Daniels,” will take place at the NAACP banquet Friday and after Sunday worship service at New Bethel Baptist.

Daniels is a prolific essayist whose articles appear in black and progressive newspapers across the country and on the Institute of the Black World 21st Century’s website, www.ibw21.org.

For many years he was the host of a television talk show on WYTV TV-33. He is currently the host of “Vantage Point,” a weekly public-affairs talk show on WBAI, 99.5 FM on the Pacifica Network in New York.

Daniels is a graduate of Youngstown State University, where he also served as a professor. He gained national and international acclaim as a civil rights / human rights leader as the founder and chairman of Freedom Inc., a community-based Pan Africanist organization that operated the Uhuru Center Cultural and Education Institute on Hillman Street.

Daniels recently retired as a distinguished lecturer from York College of the City University of New York. He is continuing his civil rights / human rights work as president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and convener of the National African American Reparations Commission.

In reflecting on his decades of engagement as a social and political activist, Daniels said, “I am delighted to be a keynote speaker for the local branch of NAACP because I began my active commitment to civil rights as president of the NAACP Youth Chapter here. And I will be forever indebted to the Rev. Lonnie Simon and the congregation of New Bethel Baptist Church for their steadfast support of the local, national and international work of Freedom Inc. It is only fitting that I return home to premier my first book in the places that have meant so much to me in this ongoing journey for justice.”

The NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will take place 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 343 via Mount Carmel Avenue. New Bethel Baptist Church is at 1507 Hillman St.

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