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The national officers for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet with the First Presidency on May 17 for the first time, according to Deseret News.

“It is a historic meeting,” Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch, which oversees the work done in Utah, Idaho and Nevada, told Deseret News. “And the NAACP Salt Lake Branch and myself as president are excited that the national board selected Salt Lake City to hold their May board meeting. We hope once they’re here and do some sightseeing, it won’t be their last time here.”

The meeting will take place at the Church Administration Building on Temple Square. Afterwards, they will make a joint statement to the media.

According to Deseret News, Williams invited the NAACP national board in February during their annual board meeting in New York. During that meeting, she told the board she had a close working relationship with church leaders, particularly with the late President Gordon B. Hinckley and President James E. Faust.

The NAACP was founded in 1909 after an anti-black riot turned violent in Springfield, Illinois, according to their website.


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