NAACP to Host 104th Annual National Convention in Orlando July 13TH -17THJune 19, 2013
Convention to Reflect on 50 Years of Civil Rights History and Highlight the Current Struggles for Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and Education Equality & More
(ORLANDO) –The NAACP announced it will be hosting its 104th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida from July 13 – 17. This year’s convention theme is “We Shall Not Be Moved” and will focus on the Modern Day attempts to roll back the progress of the civil rights era and our efforts to combat them. A schedule of events is here: http://naacp.3cdn.net/5e9b488d98b9939f80_ssm62yn5z.pdf
“We are excited to hold this year’s convention in Orlando,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “We have so much to celebrate, and so much work to prepare for. Last year the NAACP broke our own records for voter registration and mobilization ahead of the 2012 election. This year we will continue to build on our strength – hundreds of thousands of individuals connected by family, neighborhood, community and principle. Our grassroots work across the nation will create a national movement for justice. In Orlando, we will reconnect, rejuvenate and revive our excitement for the work ahead.”
This convention occurs in a year of critical civil rights anniversaries, including the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, and the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It also occurs on the heels of three Supreme Court decisions impacting civil rights and during the trial of Trayvon Martin’s killer.
"The civil rights anniversaries this past year remind us how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. As we honored the contributions of heroes like Medgar Evers, W.E.B. Bu Bois and Bayard Rustin, we also fought the new Jim Crow of mass incarceration and the old Jim Crow of voter suppression. We broke records for voter diversity, but faced new attacks on equal access to education, health care and economic opportunity. This convention is a chance for NAACP activists to celebrate our victories and prepare for the year ahead. We have never been content to just memorialize past icons; we need to be the heroes of our present and future.”
This year’s convention speakers include actors, established and emerging civil rights leaders, elected officials, and faith-based leaders.
“The NAACP is still the most influential and relevant voice in the fight for social justice,” stated NAACP Vice Chairman Leon Russell. “Even after a banner year for the NAACP we still face several challenges and we must continue to set the tone for a greater nation and push for civic engagement. We thank the Orlando Branch, Florida State conference, and Visit Orlando for graciously hosting our 104th Annual Convention. Our mission is to define the civil rights agenda for this century, just as we have done since our founding.”
“While the future of voting rights and equal access to education hang in the balance, our national and state conferences must hold strong” said NAACP Florida State Conference President Adora Obi Nweze. “This year’s convention is essential as we map out strategies to continue to fight attacks on our civil rights. We will join with others across the country to protect rights most sacred in our democracy. As one nation, we shall not be moved.”
“We in the Orange County Branch NAACP are pleased to welcome and privileged to host the 104th NAACP National Convention,” Kran Riley, NAACP Orange County Branch President. “As we continue the fight for equality and social justice for all Americans, our Branch and Orlando-Orange County community extend every hospitality and want to help assure that your convention experience is positive and meaningful. As our Branch membership, local governments, businesses, volunteers, and supporters continue to partner with us in the advocacy we bid you a successful, productive, and celebratory meeting. And please enjoy your stay with us.”
In addition to the primary NAACP event schedule, The NAACP’s Youth & College Division will host workshops, luncheons and forums throughout the week.
The convention will also spotlight emerging youth from across the nation in the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, or ACT-SO, competition. The competition will start July 11, with students competing in 26 ACT-SO categories, including sciences, humanities, performing arts, visual arts, and business over the course of the event. Famed ACT-SO alumni include musician Kanye West, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, filmmaker John Singleton and comedian Anthony Anderson.
If you are interested in obtaining press credentials for this event, please visit http://action.naacp.org/page/s/registration
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.