BALTIMORE — The NAACP is set to host its 111th National Convention entirely online beginning September 13 until September 26. During the event, the nation’s most prominent social justice organization will bring together elected officials, members, organizers, faith leaders, and entertainers for workshops and discussions to promote solutions to some of the most pressing issues like COVID-19, voter suppression, police brutality, racism, the 2020 election and more.
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. There are over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
“The predicament we find ourselves in as a nation, as a society and as a people presents a unique opportunity for change on a large scale,” Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO said. “Living through a health pandemic and a racial crisis has tested the frays of our country, and I can’t think of a better time to convene thought leaders and those with a vested interest in creating a social and political atmosphere that works for all.”
Since the beginning of COVID-19, the NAACP has hosted countless panels, town halls, and gatherings across digital platforms to ensure communities had access to knowledgeable experts and accurate information. The annual convention will be a continuation of the organization’s efforts to keep people safe, informed and secure in their civil and human rights.
“As our communities’ safety and security continue to be our utmost priority, the association’s 111th annual convention will seek to serve an even larger audience by creating a robust offering of programs online,” Leon W. Russell, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors said. “The fight for justice is needed now more than ever, and our commitment to ensuring all realize it is our priority.”
More information about the 2020 NAACP National Convention, including a schedule of events and registration details, can be found by visiting: www.naacpconvention.org