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NAACP 109th Annual Convention Press Mentions

July 29, 2018

Spectrum NewsNAACP Convention Comes to San Antonio
The NAACP is in San Antonio this Saturday for its 109th convention. The convention serves as a meeting ground for African Americans across the nation to discuss civil rights. The conference’s theme this year is “Defeat hate and Vote.” It’ll include legal education seminars, youth workshops, federal legislative and public policy discussion, a hip-hop summit and diversity career fair.

Each year, thousands of people gather in one city to discuss the pertinent issues affecting the African American community. With its rich history and proud culture, San Antonio is the perfect city to host the 109th NAACP Convention. Aba Blankson, VP of Communications & Digital Media, is here from the NAACP to give all the details about the annual convention including the incredible line up of speakers, performances and a career fair. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part in this great opportunity. Details are below!
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People kicks off its national convention on Saturday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center with a rallying cry: “Defeat Hate — Vote.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host a town hall titled, “The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America” on Tuesday, July 17 during their 109th annual convention which is being held in San Antonio from July 14 to 18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention  Center. The town hall will be moderated by Shijuade  Kadree, the senior director of public policy and advocacy at the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.

About three months after celebrating their 100-year anniversary, members of the San Antonio branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will finally host a national convention in their hometown. From July 14 to 18, an estimated 10,000 visitors will gather at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for the 109th NAACP convention. Its motto: “Defeat Hate. Vote.” “There’s still a lot of work to do as far as equality for men and women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community, and we want to make sure people … take away this: We are true to our word that we fight for the rights of every individual when we see them being wronged,” said Oliver Hill, president of the NAACP San Antonio branch.
With it’s rich history and proud culture, San Antonio is the perfect city to host the NAACP Convention. Hosting speakers, performances and a career fair, anyone is welcome to take part in this great opportunity.

Amsterdam NewsNAACP National Convention targeting millennials and youth
Organizers are gearing up for the NAACP’s 109th National Convention set to kick off in San Antonio, Texas, July 14 through July 18, with plans to target young people. The civil rights organization reports that in the past four months since the appointment of Youth and College Division National Director Tiffany Dena Loftin, the NAACP’s youth involvement has seen a major revitalization.

 

NPR’s David Greene speaks to NAACP President Derrick Johnson about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and how this will factor into the agenda for the civil rights group’s annual convention this year.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson says that his organization does not oppose charter schools — even though one of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights groups continues to find many of the schools’ practices troubling. With charter schools, “people only want to highlight successes and never want to talk about the failures. With the NAACP, we want to eradicate the failures because our future is at stake, particularly African-American children and especially African-American males,” said Johnson, in an interview with POLITICO.

FOX29Bill Clinton set to speak at 109th NAACP Convention
President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend and deliver a speech at the 109th Annual NAACP Convention Wednesday. Clinton will introduce this year’s Spingarn medalist, Willie Brown, Jr. Brown, two-term mayor of San Francisco, renowned speaker of the California Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century has been at the center of California politics and civic life for 40 years.

KIITV109th NAACP national convention held in San Antonio
Thousands from across the country gathered in San Antonio Monday for the 109th NAACP national convention. All in attendance hoped to learn something they could take back to their communities. One of the guest speakers, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, was invited by Corpus Christi NAACP chapter President Terry Mills.

KTSANAACP Convention Strives To “Defeat Hate,” Energize Voters
Thousands of delegates are in town for the NAACP Convention this week, and the theme is “Defeat Hate-Vote.” “The African-American vote is a key vote in any election, particularly in mid-term elections,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. He told KTSA News the work will continue long after the convention is over. “Our strategy over the next five years is to make sure as a membership-based advocacy organization that we are deeply rooted in civic engagement and challenges,” he said.

Speaking at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s 109th convention here, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick spoke Monday about the urgency to vote in order to maintain a strong democracy. Patrick’s keynote speech aligned with the NAACP’s theme, “Defeat Hate — Vote,” at the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Luncheon held at the Henry B. González Convention Center. NAACP general counsel Bradford M. Berry introduced Patrick as a man of humble beginning, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago and rose to become assistant attorney general for civil rights and the first African American governor of Massachusetts.

KENS5NAACP wants members to get out the vote and fight social injustice
“Defeat Hate. Vote.” It’s a slogan meant to empower and bring about action across the country. NAACP leaders say that now, more than ever, civil rights groups are necessary to help people of color step up and make their voices heard. “Our relevancy is as important now as it’s ever been,” said NAACP National Board Vice Chair Karen Boykin-Towns. When you look at society and the rise of incivility, there is a need for us to really look at the climate.”

KENS5NAACP: this is a critical time to be informed
Thousands of NAACP members from around the world are at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center working on a plan to empower people of color across the country. Eyewitness News reporter Aaron Wright is downtown with the latest.

My San AntonioNAACP Leaders Stress: Voters Matters
Voter suppression, access to affordable health care, equal treatment in the criminal justice system and judicial appointments are among the issues affecting African Americans covered at the national NAACP convention in San Antonio this week. NAACP leaders opened the convention on Saturday with fiery remarks to energize minorities to vote and defeat a climate of hatred. “Clearly what we have seen across this nation, coming from places that we never thought it would come from — the highest offices in the land — we have seen incivility, the inability of our leaders to talk civilly,” national NAACP board chairman Leon W. Russell said at an opening news conference attended by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his predecessor, Ivy Taylor.

The NAACP is now welcoming guests to its 109th convention in San Antonio. The grand opening was held Saturday morning at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The convention is just ahead of the 2018 midterm elections and has a focus on social injustice and civil rights in the President Trump Era.
Convention organizers promise educational seminars and workshops on public policy, a hip hop summit, and a diversity career fair.

KENS5San Antonio hosts its first NAACP Convention
The Alamo City is hosting the NAACP Conference for the very first time, and this year the San Antonio Texas NAACP branch turns 100 years old. About 400 organizations will take part in the convention and more than 8,000 observers and delegates are expected to attend the event at the Henry B Gonzalez Center. “She has the superpower to diminish the influence of bullies and boost self-esteem and confidence in her peers, so she actively promotes anti-bullying self-loved,” said TiffanyJ, a mentor at the convention center. She added that she wanted to inspire Act-So students, which will take part in 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, with visual and culinary arts.

NewsOne11-Year-Old Naomi Wadler To Be Honored By NAACP For Anti-Gun Violence Activism
Naomi Wadler—the 11-year-old activist who delivered a poignant speech at the March for Our Lives demonstration in March—will receive a major honor from the NAACP today. Wadler is being recognized by the organization for her efforts to bring attention to the lack of concern for Black women and girls who have lost their lives to gun violence, the organization reported. Dr. Christine Darden—a retired NASA Aerodynamics Engineer whose story was highlighted in Hidden Figures—will also be honored during the brunch.

You might know him from “Scary Movie” and his many TV shows, but actor Anthony Anderson is in town for the NAACP convention to talk about his personal struggle with diabetes. Eyewitness News reporter Jeremy Baker has more.
KHOU: Actor Anthony Anderson spreads diabetes awareness at NAACP convention
I’m a type two diabetic, my mother is as well, and so was my father. We lost my father to complications from diabetes,” actor Anthony Anderson said. Unfortunately for his father, he was diagnosed too late. “I was the first person in my family diagnosed with it, and unfortunately, when my father was diagnosed with the disease, he probably had the disease close to 20 years,” Anderson said.

MySA: For Anthony Anderson, living with diabetes takes balance
The diagnosis from Anthony Anderson’s physician came as a bit of a surprise to him. “I thought I was healthy, you know,” the 47-year-old actor, comedian and writer said. “And I was healthy until the doctor said, ‘Nope! You have type 2 diabetes.” Known for his work in television and film, Anderson, 47, was in San Antonio at the NAACP national convention Sunday, where he spoke about his journey with the disease, which affects 30.3 million people nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two months after a joint press conference that signaled a historic new partnership between the NAACP and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the budding collaboration took a practical turn on Sunday night. The two organizations plan to launch a joint education and employment initiative on the East Coast this fall, according to an announcement made at the 109th NAACP Annual Convention by Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Public Affairs Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Lima NAACP Chapter announced Sunday afternoon (7/15/18) that they plan to file a class action lawsuit against the City of Lima. In a press conference in front of the city offices, chapter president Ron Fails announced that the NAACP plans to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of at least six former city employees who have allegedly experienced discrimination in the form of racism, nepotism, and intimidation from people in power. Fails says the NAACP wants to make sure that every employee is being treated fairly, regardless of color.

Salt Lake City Tribune: ‘We do not intend to be a flash in the pan’ — Mormon church, NAACP team up on education and employment initiative, expect to unveil more joint projects

The May summit between top leaders of the LDS Church and the NAACP planted seeds of cooperation that are already bearing fruit. On Sunday night, Mormon general authority Jack N. Gerard announced that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was teaming up with the nation’s oldest civil rights organization on a schooling and jobs push on the East Coast.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the NAACP will work together to launch a new education and employment initiative around the East Coast this fall, according to the Deseret News. Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Public Affairs Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the decision at the 109th NAACP Annual Convention opening mass meeting.

American Airlines Announcement

APNAACP lifts travel advisory against American Airlines

The NAACP is lifting its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying the company is making improvements that address worries about African-Americans being subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions while flying. NAACP President Derrick Johnson made the announcement at the NAACP’s national convention in San Antonio, Texas. The NAACP issued the advisory in October, after several incidents including an NAACP official and another civil rights activist being kicked off American flights. (Also covered by…ABC NewsPBS NewsHourAtlanta Journal ConstitutionSF GateUS News & World ReportSeattle TimesNewserSt. Louis Post DispatchCharlotte ObserverMiami HeraldBoston 25 NewsWRALWTOPMinneapolis Star Tribune, News & ObserverDayton Daily NewsPalm Beach PostCBS 47The Roanoke TimesKSL.comKRMGTownhallThe Argus PressDaily Mail UKNational Post)

The New York Times: 
The NAACP is lifting its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying the company is making improvements that address worries about African-Americans being subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions while flying. NAACP President Derrick Johnson made the announcement at the NAACP’s national convention in San Antonio, Texas. The NAACP issued the advisory in October, after several incidents including an NAACP official and another civil rights activist being kicked off American flights. (Also covered byUS News & World ReportAtlanta Journal ConstitutionThe Fresno BeeThe Wichita EagleThe Charlotte ObserverThe St. Louis Dispatch)

 
The NAACP on Tuesday lifted its nine-month travel advisory against American Airlines after determining that the company has made “substantial” progress in addressing concerns of mistreatment of black passengers. Since the civil rights organization issued its warning to African Americans last October after receiving complaints of discrimination, American Airlines has begun implementing changes to examine and overhaul how it trains employees and treats customers, the company said.

Less than a year after the NAACP issued a travel advisory against American Airlines in response to a series of incidents involving African American passengers, the civil rights group has lifted the warning, citing progress in bias training and other changes by the carrier. The NAACP issued the advisory in October, warning that African Americans flying on American Airlines could be subject to “disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.”

The NAACP is lifting its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying the company is making improvements that address worries about African-Americans being subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions while flying.

The NAACP on Tuesday lifted its nine-month travel advisory against American Airlines, after determining that the company has made “substantial” progress in addressing concerns of mistreatment of black passengers. Since the civil rights organization issued its warning to African-Americans last October after receiving complaints of discrimination, American Airlines has begun implementing a series of changes to examine and overhaul how it trains employees and treats customers, the company said.

The NAACP on Tuesday lifted its nine-month travel advisory against American Airlines, after determining that the company has made “substantial” progress in addressing concerns of mistreatment of black passengers. Since the civil rights organization issued its warning to African-Americans last October after receiving complaints of discrimination, American Airlines has begun implementing a series of changes to examine and overhaul how it trains employees and treats customers, the company said.

Dallas NewsNAACP lifts American Airlines travel advisory that warned of discrimination against black passengers
The NAACP announced Tuesday it is lifting a travel advisory warning black passengers against traveling with American Airlines that was put in place last year following a string of incidents the civil-rights organization said showed a pattern of bias and discrimination.Derrick Johnson, the group’s president and CEO, said he’s pleased with the changes American has put in place so far, and although there’s still more to be done, the carrier deserves credit for its efforts.

The RootNAACP Lifts Travel Warning Against American Airlines
The NAACP announced Tuesday that it’s lifting its American Airlines travel advisory, saying it was encouraged by the progress the airline had made in addressing issues of implicit bias. The advisory cautioning black passengers to beware of traveling on the airline was issued last October after several high-profile incidents involving African American travelers. The warning was only the second of its kind coming from the NAACP and the first against an airline.

According to confirmed reports, the NAACP has lifted its months-long travel ban against American Airlines on Tuesday. Organization officials said they believe the airline has finally made some significant headway in cutting down on discrimination incidents involving passengers of color.The announcement came via Twitter after the civil rights organization advised American Airlines on diversity and inclusion after implementing the ban over “unsafe” conditions for African-Americans last fall.

On Tuesday (July 17), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced the lifting of its travel advisory against American Airlines. According to a press release, the civil rights organization stated that after months of monitoring the airline’s progress on the commitments they agreed to last year—including a diversity and inclusion gap analysis, implicit bias training for their 130,000 staff members, and the implementation of a new discrimination complaint resolution process for both their team and customers—many improvements have been made.

St Louis BlogGovernor of Puerto Rico to Address NAACP AT 109TH Annual Convention The NAACP, the country’s oldest and largest national civil rights organization, announces that Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico will attend the organization’s 109th Annual Convention and deliver remarks to NAACP Convention delegates in San Antonio, Texas.

The NAACP is holding its annual convention right now in San Antonio, and its leadership is looking towards Election Day, hoping to boost interest in voting and make sure that members get to the polls. Joey Palacios from Texas Public Radio has more.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the most influential civil rights organization in the US. Its annual convention is happening now, and it is an opportunity for African Americans to consider the upcoming midterm elections.

The NAACP, the country’s original social justice organization proudly announces the 2018 Cinematic Shorts Competition, taking place at the 109th annual NAACP Convention in San Antonio, Texas, July 14 to 18.

President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend and deliver a speech at the 109th Annual NAACP Convention Wednesday. Clinton will introduce this year’s Spingarn medalist, Willie Brown, Jr. Brown, two-term mayor of San Francisco, renowned speaker of the California Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century has been at the center of California politics and civic life for 40 years.

According to a press release, the organization is honoring Wadler for her activism following the Parkland shooting. “Ms. Wadler rose to prominence after she delivered a powerful address at the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018, at the National Mall. During which she reminded listeners about the role African American women in play in the fight against gun violence. Wadler has since been featured in various media outlets such as Elle, Huffington Post, BBC, and The Guardian,” the release stated in part.