The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold its Western region conference in Salt Lake City April 23-26. The public is invited.

One event, a religious round-table discussion, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. Attorney's Office, 185 S. State, Suite 400. All other events will be held at the Salt Lake City Hilton, 150 W. 500 South.The conference opens Thursday, April 23, with a "Religious Gospel Extravaganza Concert" at 7 p.m.

Participants will include Ryan Dotson, The True Vine Baptist Church, Deliverance Temple Church of God in Christ Chorus, Central Seventh Day Adventist Church Choir, recording artist James Morris, Debra Bonner's Gospel Chorus of Utah, New Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir, Faith Temple Pentecostal Church Choir and Full of Grace Gospel Chorus. The Rev. France A. Davis, Calvary Baptist Church, will emcee the free concert.

Sessions begin Friday morning at 8 a.m., with workshops continuing Friday and Saturday. Topics include race relations, legislative mobilization, business development, hate crimes and others.

President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will deliver the keynote at a noon luncheon Friday.

Karl Kani, clothing designer, will be the youth guest Friday night. The youth theme continues Saturday with a youth prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m., featuring Clifton L. Taulbert, author of "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored."

Joseph E. Madison, national NAACP board member, will speak during the Saturday luncheon. Kweisi Mfune, president and CEO of the NAACP, will be featured during the Medgar Evers Awards Dinner Saturday at 7 p.m.

For information or to register or purchase meal tickets, call 250-5088 or 250-2729.