Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts. This will be the theme of the 107th annual National Convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which thousands of members are expected to attend July 16-20, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH. The theme underscores the importance of connecting activism with the ballot box, and will be central in convention workshops and speakers sessions on voter education, voter protection and voter mobilization.
The city of Cincinnati once again hosts the NAACP convention in a presidential election year as it did in 2008 when presidential candidates Senator John McCain and then-Senator Barack Obama both made historic appearances. This year’s convention will be held the same week and in the same state as the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Throughout the convention, delegates from the organizations more than 2,000 branches and units will debate on resolutions and advocate for Criminal Justice, economic reforms, and other key NAACP issues. There will be celebrity appearances, seminars, the NAACP-Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Program.
The 101st Annual Spingarn Medal will also be awarded to retired Judge Nathaniel R. Jones. As a native of Youngstown, Ohio Judge Jones served as General Counsel of the NAACP from 1969 to 1979 and went on to assist Nelson Mandela and the post-apartheid South African government with drafting their constitution in 1993. The medal is named after Joel Elias Spingarn, former NAACP chairman, treasurer and president and is annually awarded to a person of African descent. Past awardees include Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Sidney Poitier, and Langston Hughes.
Learn more about convention activities including the Commerce and Industry Show, Continuing Legal Education Seminar and special NAACP Night with the Cincinnati Reds at naacpconvention.org.