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U.S. Labor Secretary to Address NAACP Delegates

CINCINNATI, OH - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez will be the keynote speaker at a gathering of civil rights activists and labor leaders at a luncheon at the NAACP National Convention on Wednesday afternoon.

The remarks by Perez, who has led the U.S. Department of Labor since 2013, begin an afternoon of workshops focusing on the state of black workers in America.


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Perez served as assistant attorney general for the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Justice from 2009 to 2013 and previously served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation from 2007 to 2009.  He also served as director of civil rights for the Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration.

Hundreds of labor leaders and NAACP officials will be attending the labor luncheon, which begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Grand Ballroom A of the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.


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Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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