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2020 Presidential Candidates to Address African American Voters at NAACP 110th National Convention

July 10, 2019

BALTIMORE – Several of the most prominent 2020 presidential candidates will appeal to thousands of African American voters at the NAACP 110th National Convention in Detroit on Wednesday, July 24 at 9:30 a.m. EDT. The forum, which will take place at the COBO Center, offers candidates and convention attendees alike the opportunity to discuss solutions to some of the most critical issues we face as a nation.

Confirmed presidential candidates include:

  • Joe Biden, Former U.S. Vice President
  • Cory Booker, United States Senator
  • Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
  • Julián Castro, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Kamala Harris, United States Senator
  • Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator
  • Beto O’Rourke, Former Member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Bernie Sanders, United States Senator
  • Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator
  • Bill Weld, Former Massachusetts Governor

***Confirmed as of July 16, 2019. Additional names to follow.

“The upcoming 2020 presidential election is one of the most pivotal elections in our lifetime and will be heavily influenced by the Black electorate. Issues such as voting rights, immigration, criminal justice reform, student loan debt, the economy and environmental justice persist as crucial concerns for African Americans. We must ensure we’re electing officials who will help us set policy priorities that will bring about positive change for communities of color.” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “We remain committed to ensuring Black voters are heard and counted throughout this next election cycle. This presidential forum allows us to hear from the candidates as well as bring their attention to our most pressing concerns as a community.”

Every presidential election, the NAACP extends invitations to both the Republican and Democratic nominees for president to address the NAACP membership during their annual July convention. Past speakers have included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney, Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, President George W. Bush, Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton.

Questions for the candidates can be submitted here. The highly-anticipated event is expected to draw a large crowd of activists and political leaders to Detroit.thumbnail_pcf-01


The NAACP Convention brings together over 10,000 activists, organizers, and leaders to set policies priorities for the coming year. Highlights will include a CEO Roundtable, a legislative session, LGBTQ workshop, the awarding of the prestigious Spingarn Medal to Ambassador to Patrick Gaspard, and the signature NAACP Experience retail expo and diversity career fair. More information about the 110th Annual NAACP National Convention, including a detailed schedule of events may be found by visiting

Media interested in covering the event should apply for press credentials here.


About the NAACP:

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 six “Game Changer” issue areas here.