Attorney Ben Crump speaks at Bloomington-Normal’s NAACP state convention

Published: Sep. 23, 2023 at 9:41 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (25News Now) - The entire weekend in Bloomington-Normal is dedicated to the 86th annual state convention for the NAACP. The mission is to eliminate all elements of racism and discrimination.

They’ve held seminars and events to discuss ways they’re going to continue fighting for racial and social justice.

Attorney Ben Crump spoke at Saturday night’s Freedom Fund Banquet.

He has represented many families across the United States in civil rights and wrongful death lawsuits, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Earl Moore Jr.

He turned down being at the White House Saturday to speak on social and racial justice for the State of Illinois’ NAACP.

“We have to remind America that diversity, equity, and inclusion are good things. We have to find our moral compass and we have to be unapologetic freedom fighters for liberty and justice for all Americans,” Attorney Crump said in an interview with 25 News.

About 700 people attended the banquet to celebrate the NAACP’s work in fighting for justice and equity.

They recognized the five leaders within the community who have dedicated their time to the program.

Overall, this weekend has brought $300,000 to the Bloomington-Normal economy.