NAACP Welcomes Queen City Residents to 99th Annual Convention

Diverse array of activities underscore event?s theme of 'Power, Justice, Freedom, Vote!'

NAACP and Cincinnati officials today announced further details about the 99th Annual NAACP Convention coming to the Duke Energy Center in the Queen City July 12-17.  

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 Cincinnati for six days of informative workshops, compelling speakers, gathering information and enjoying stellar entertainers.

“Cincinnatians are encouraged to attend the convention-related mass meetings, job fair, Information Exchange Center, commerce expos, as well as other empowerment and leisure activities, many of which are free,” said NAACP Interim President & CEO Dennis Courtland Hayes. “

Among other highlights, convention goers will also hear from the Democratic and Republican candidates seeking their party’s nomination for the 2008 presidential election, an authors’ pavilion, announcement of the NAACP report card on major corporations and debates among young people about contemporary issues impacting them and the black community. For complete convention details log on to: naacp.org.

“All roads lead to Cincinnati this summer and we are very excited and honored to have the hosting duties,” said Cincinnati NAACP Branch President Christopher Smitherman. “We are implementing a plan that assuredly will lead to a successful and memorable 99th convention.”

The convention is expected pump an estimated $4 million into Cincinnati’s economy.

“We will be rolling out the red carpet to ensure that visitors have a world class experience that they will not soon forget,” said Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. ”The 2008 NAACP Convention is also a tremendous opportunity to engage the Cincinnati community in a greater dialogue about where we are both as a community and as a nation and where we need to go in the future. The world will be watching Cincinnati this summer, and we are ready to take the stage.”

“This is a great day for the people of Cincinnati,” added Dan Lincoln, president of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “The leadership and commitment that has been demonstrated by the corporate, religious and civic leadership of our community to bring this historically significant convention to Cincinnati is unprecedented. 
We expect this to be an incredibly exciting time for our downtown, and indeed for our entire region.” 

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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