NAACP Recognized Milwaukee Native who Graduated from NextGen at 110th Annual Convention

NAACP Recognized Milwaukee Native who Graduated from NextGen at 110th Annual Convention

Almost two months ago on July 23, 2019, Milwaukee native and community leader, Alex Edwards, along with 67 others, were recognized at the NAACP’s (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 110th Annual Convention for graduating from the 2018 NAACP Next Generation (NextGen) Young Professional Leadership Program.

Signature at the NAACP 110TH Annual Convention. (Picture by Alex Edwards)

According to their site, NextGen is a 12-month leadership development training program for individuals who are 21 to 35 years of age. During the program, the trainees develop civil rights competencies and leadership skills so that they can be active and effective social justice advocates. The NextGen program has a series of webinar and classroom trainings, case studies, and group exercises. Edwards started the program in Jan. of 2018 and finished that same year in Dec.

As the third vice president of NAACP, Wisconsin branch, Edwards sees himself being the next leader of the branch, which is currently being ran by Fred Royal.

“I’m chosen,” said Edwards. “It aligns with everything I’ve been through [and] believe in.”

Edwards has been involved with the NAACP for three years and he says through the NAACP, he’s been able to understand the political system. NexGen has taught Edwards how to be a more effective leader. He’s learned (and is still learning) how to use tactics and how to be strategic.

“In order to lead, I must follow,” he said.

Founded on Feb. 12, 1909, NAACP has had their ends in so much, such as helping win the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas case, which integrated schools. According to their site, in 2000, NAACP launched a massive get-out-the-vote campaign, which resulted in 1 million more African Americans casting their ballots in the 2000 presidential election than in 1996. Yet, when it comes to talks of change and impact, NAACP isn’t always the first organization mentioned, said Edwards.

Edwards says he wants to push the brand so it’s more noticeable.

“We don’t get a lot of recognition that we deserve,” said Edwards.

Aside from being apart of the NAACP, Edwards works as a Consultant for Asset Builders of America providing financial literacy to low-income families. He also founded Decent Housing, a real estate development non-profit. Edwards is a Real Estate owner and developer.

As a big believer in helping your own community, Edwards is using his platform to get more youth involved in politics, housing and other positive things.

“I feel proud to represent my people,” Edwards said. “Get engaged. Get involved.”

To set up an appointment with Edwards about housing, click here.

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