NAACP to Host 106th Annual Convention in Philadelphia July 11-15
"We are honored to welcome the NAACP to Philadelphia this July for its 106th National Convention," said Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter. "As the birthplace of liberty, our city is the perfect location to host the NAACP, one of the leading organizations for social change in the world for more than a century. We are thrilled that some of the most pressing social, economic and civil rights issues of the 21st century will be addressed at this convention here in Philadelphia."
"The NAACP continues to be on the frontlines in the fight for social justice," said NAACP vice chairman Leon Russell. "Civic engagement and turning out the vote must be at the forefront of our work as we move into this presidential election year. We could not have picked a better place to reaffirm voting as the bedrock of our democracy than Philadelphia. We thank Pennsylvania State Conference president Dwayne Jackson Sr. for marshaling the support of all of our units in Pennsylvania for the success of this convention. We are particularly grateful to the Philadelphia branch of the NAACP for working with us to help ensure the success of this 106th Annual Convention. We will continue to lead the charge for liberty in the face of injustice, just as we have done since our founding."
"The Pennsylvania State Conference looks forward to hosting the NAACP's 106th National Annual Convention in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," said Dwayne Jackson Sr., president of the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference. "Our expectations and excitement are high as we prepare for civil and human rights advocates to visit our great state. The NAACP is moving forward more energized than ever and this convention will ensure attendees leave with a renewed commitment to being champions for human and civil rights."
In addition to the primary convention schedule, the NAACP's Youth & College Division will host workshops, luncheons and forums throughout the week. Emerging youth from across the nation will be featured in the annual Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition beginning July 8. Students will compete in 26 categories including sciences, humanities, performing arts, visual arts and business over the course of the event. Celebrity hosts will be serving as guest judges throughout the competition and hosting the closing awards ceremony.