NAACP Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary In 2009:                     Mark Calendar For Year-Long Centennial Events

On February 12, 2009, the NAACP will mark its 100th anniversary! The NAACP Headquarters, based in Baltimore, MD, along with its 1,700 units nationwide, will host celebrations and observances throughout the year ending on with our Annual Convention in 2010.  that highlight the significant role the organization has played in leading social change in America.    
Following is a partial listing of upcoming events for your planning calendars. For regular updates, please visit Media should contact the Communications Department at (202) 463-2940.
Feb. 6 & 7, 2009                “The Civil Rights Century: The NAACP at 100”
Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies
                                               Johns Hopkins University
                                               3400 North Charles St.
                                               Baltimore, MD 21218
                                               Contact: (410) 516-6385
Feb. 12, 2009                      100th Anniversary of the NAACP    
                                               Branches and Units nationwide will host celebrations including:
                                               -Founder’s Day Services
                                               -Cake-Cutting Ceremonies
 Feb. 12, 2009                      40th Annual NAACP Image Awards
                                                Airs live, nationwide on the FOX network at 8 p.m. EST
                                                Shrine Auditorium
                                                665 West Jefferson Blvd.
                                                Los Angeles, CA 90007
                                                Contact: NAACP Hollywood Bureau (323) 938-5268; Jennifer Price                                                 (323) 965-1990

The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, motion picture, television, recording, and literature, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Feb. 21, 2009                      NAACP Annual Meeting
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.                    New York Hilton
                                               1335 Avenue of the Americas
                                               New York, NY 10019
                                               Contact: Ana Aponte-Curtis, (410) 580-5782
May    2009                         NAACP Leadership 500 Summit
Since its inception in 2005, Leadership 500 has served as a fertile training ground around social justice advocacy for more than 1,200 mid-level professionals between the ages of 30 and 50. Leadership 500 workshop topics also explore issues of economic parity and wealth creation; health and wellness as a business imperative and early childhood education.
Contact: Paula Edme, (212) 344-7474 x101
July 2, 2009                       Thurgood Marshall Day
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore City Branch NAACP hosts a bus tour throughout the state that highlights Marshall’s life, career and important role in the civil rights movement as an NAACP attorney. Tour Guide: Larry Gibson, University of Maryland. Law School
 Contact: Baltimore City Branch NAACP (410) 366-3300.
July 11-16, 2009             NAACP 101st Annual Convention
                                           Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
                                           655 W. 34th Street
                                           New York, NY 10001

                                           Contact: Ana Aponte-Curtis, (410) 580-5782
                                           Media Contact, NAACP Communications Dept. (202) 463-2940      
The NAACP Annual Convention is the largest gathering of its kind in the country. An estimated 8,000 NAACP members, delegates and visitors will be in New York City for six days of informative workshops, compelling speakers, gathering information and enjoying stellar entertainers to mark the Association’s success and nation’s progress in race relations since its founding.

Contact: NAACP Communications Office, (202) 463-2940

Additional festivities planned for the NAACP centennial year include:
-Televised specials highlighting the most influential films, music and people from 1909-2009.
-Release of a commemorative music CD of ‘freedom songs’ performed by noted recording artists of today.
-Release of NAACP: Celebrating a Century, 100 Years in Pictures, a photo book of images and notes from the      NAACP’s own files and records.
Details about these and other projects can be found on For more information, contact NAACP Communications Department, (202) 463-2940 or email

--Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.  Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


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