Memphis Branch NAACP taps author and national pollster Cornell Belcher

Centennial Kick-Off Luncheon to feature highly sought after political commentator.

TSD Newsroom | 3/21/2017, 12:51 p.m.
Centennial Kick-Off Luncheon to feature highly sought after political commentator.
Cornel Belcher

Cornell Belcher – author, pollster and widely viewed as one of the premier strategists in national progressive politics – will help the Memphis Branch NAACP kick off the first of three major fundraisers for its centennial year.

The Centennial Kick-Off Luncheon is set for March 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Broad Church, 2835 Broad Ave.

“The luncheon will serve as a time to honor heroes of our chapter, reflect on the accomplishments of our past and share with our members and supporters our responsibilities for the future,” said Deidre Malone, Memphis Branch NAACP president. “We will honor the service of Rev. Keith Norman and receive an inspirational word from Mr. Belcher.”

A highly sought after political commentator, Belcher is author of “A Black Man in the White House: Barack Obama and the Triggering of America’s Racial-Aversion Crisis.” His polling was the blueprint for the 50-State Strategy for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) under Chairman Howard Dean. He was the first African American to be lead pollster for either national party.

Belcher served on the polling team for both Obama presidential campaigns. He also has worked with both Senate and House Democrats as Senior Political Advisor to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Special Projects Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Women VOTE! Coordinator for EMILY’s List.

In 2015, Belcher was an Institute of Politics (IOP) Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. A highly sought after political commentator, he is president of brilliant corners Research & Strategies.

Centennial Kick-Off Luncheon tickets start at $30. To purchase, visit

For more information, contact Sherry Boyce at 901-521-1343; email