NAACP ANNUAL CONVENTION: PURSUING LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE

WILL CONVENE IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, JULY 11-15, 2015. PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA IS KNOWN TO MANY AS THE "CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE," IS THE 2ND LARGEST CITY ON THE EAST COAST AND THE 5TH LARGEST CITY IN THE UNITED STATES.

About Us

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

NAACP

NAACP

Vision Statement

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

Objectives

The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution - the principal objectives of the Association shall be:

  • To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
  • To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
  • To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
  • To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
  • To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
  • To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN:

Convention Registration

Please use the Advance Ticket Order Form for ticket purchases or you may purchase them from the ticket window at the convention center. Advance orders will not be mailed, but can be picked up from the advance registration window at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Please note: Only branch registrants and observers that advance register are entitled to the 5% discount on ticket sales. Advance Registration is now June 4th

  • All attendees registering with their local units please complete the attached green Observer form here
  • If you are registering as an individual and not with a unit please complete the green Observer forms here. If you have questions about completing this form please call the finance department at 410-580-5712.
observer housing

Observer Registration

All registration takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Convention Housing

Call your hotel of choice directly from the list provided below to make your hotel reservation at the special conference rates. Be sure to identify yourself as an NAACP Conference participant.

ACT-SO/YOUTH & COLLEGE PROPERTY:
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
For reservations: (800) 325-3535 or (215) 448-2000

ADULT PROPERTIES:
Philadelphia Marriott Hotel
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
For reservations: (800) 228-9290 or (215) 625-2900

Lowes Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
For reservations: (215) 627-1200

Courtyard Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
21 North Juniper Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
For reservations: (215) 496-3200

Ground Transportation

Super Shuttle runs daily departures between the airport and the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Airline Discounts

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PHL)
8000 Essington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153 Phone: (215) 937-6937 www.phl.org Located 20 minutes from the Convention hotels.

Scooter Rental

To Reserve your scooter or wheelchair in advance, please call Scootaround toll free at: 1-888-441-7575 or book online at www.scootaround.com

Philadelphia Welcomes You

CLE

Philadelphia is thrilled to be the host city for the NAACP 106th Annual Convention. We're a modern renaissance city where history meets innovation and culture. Philadelphia is most famous as the birthplace of American democracy but we're also rich in diversity and high tech, modern ideas. Bring your family and extend your stay to enjoy the grand architecture, tax-free shopping, unsurpassed history, world-class attractions, entertainment and delicious cuisine--all within walking distance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center!

WELCOME TO PHILADELPHIA

Confirmed Guests

Roslyn M. Brock

Roslyn M. Brock

Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors
Leon W. Russell

Leon W. Russell

Vice Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors
Cornell William Brooks

Cornell William Brooks

President and CEO, NAACP
Lyriq LaShay

Lyriq LaShay

Recording Artist
Youth Night Mass Meeting

U.S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)

Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus

Anthony Giancatarino

Enviromental Justice Panel Speaker

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA

Keynote Speaker, Health Luncheon

Michael A. Nutter

Mayor, Philadelphia, PA
Greetings

John McNichol

President & CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Greetings

Jack Ferguson

President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greetings
Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson

Recording Artist
Exhibit Hall on Saturday
Rahiel Tesfamariam

Rahiel Tesfamariam

Keynote Speaker
Roy Wilkins Luncheon
Geoffrey Eric Eaton

Geoffrey Eric Eaton

President, NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch
Eddie Price

Eddie Price

Enviromental Justice Panel Speaker

Schedule-at-a-glance

 

 



    
   

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Convention Registration

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Commerce & Industry Show Grand Opening

      • Author Pavilion
      • Exhibits
      • Health Pavilion
      • Retail Expo

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. National Board of Directors Meeting

9:00 p.m. – midnight ACT-SO/Youth and College Division Reception

 

 



    
   

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Prayer & Memorial Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CLE Seminar

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Youth Advisors Orientation

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Commerce and Industry Show

      • Author Pavilion
      • Exhibits
      • Health Pavilion
      • Retail Expo

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. President's Council Meeting and Luncheon

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. WIN Forum & Brunch

"Empowering Women and Girls"

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. President's Council Meeting and Luncheon

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Youth and College Welcome Session

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ACT-SO Awards Ceremony

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ACT-SO Winners' Reception

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. First Public Mass Meeting

Keynote speaker: Roslyn M. Brock
Chairman, National Board of Directors

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Delegates Reception

9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Youth and College Reception

 

 



    
   

5:45 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Morning Fitness

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Youth & College Regional Meetings

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Regional Meetings

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. First Plenary Session

Criminal Justice
This panel discussion will focus on the role prosecutors are playing in the administration of justice in this country. Panelists will discuss how prosecutors are using their discretionary power to address inequities in the justice system. Additionally, the panel will discuss the efforts of prosecutors to overturn wrongful convictions of innocent citizens, and efforts by advocates, legislators and academics to reform the grand jury process and take other measures to make the criminal justice operate fairly and free from bias.

Keynote speaker: Cornell William Brooks,
President and CEO, NAACP
(following the Plenary Session on Criminal Justice)

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CLE Seminar

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Commerce and Industry Show

      • Author Pavilion
      • Exhibits
      • Health Pavilion
      • Retail Expo

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. President's Council Meeting and Luncheon

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Clarence Mitchell Memorial Luncheon

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Health Luncheon

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Roy Wilkins Leadership Luncheon

1:00 p.m. Credentials Committee Meeting

1:00 p.m. Rules Committee Meeting

1:00 p.m. Election Supervisory Meeting

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Legislative Plenary Session
This session will focus on NAACP policy priorities before Congress and the Administration.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Roy Wilkins Leadership Luncheon

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Public Mass Meeting (Youth Night)

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. President and CEO's Reception

 

 



    
   

5:45 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Morning Fitness

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Youth & College Regional Meetings

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Regional Meetings

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Legislative Session 2015 Resolutions

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Commerce and Industry Show

      • Author Pavilion
      • Exhibits
      • Health Pavilion
      • Retail Expo

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Election of At-Large Member, National Board of Directors

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Clara Luper Youth and College Division Luncheon (Youth and Advisors)

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. National Membership Luncheon

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Armed Serviced and Veterans Affairs Luncheon/Forum

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Workshops

      • Climate Justice: Energy Democracy: A Policy and Practice Framework for Re-Envisioning How We Power Our Communities
      • Education: Leverage – From Standards to Waivers, Equity Plans, Comparable Resources and More
      • LGBT
      • International Affairs
      • Voting Rights & Election Reform

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Youth Concurrent Workshops

      • Building Beyond Protests
      • Financial Empowerment
      • Social Media and Activism

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Time and Place Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Juanita Jackson Mitchell Youth Freedom Fund Dinner

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Special Plenary Session

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Labor Luncheon/Forum

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Youth & College Day of Service

7:30 p.m. Spingarn Dinner/Freedom Fund Banquet

37th NAACP ACT•SO Competition

The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Registration

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Chairpersons Orientation/Reception

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Opening Ceremony

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Competitions

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Culinary Competition

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Master Classes

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Awards Ceremony Rehearsal

9:00 p.m. – midnight - ACT-SO/Youth and College Division Reception

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Awards Ceremony

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Winners' Reception

Commerce & Industry Show

The NAACP Commerce and Industry Show is one of the highlights of the Annual Convention. Over 5,000 visited the Show and Job Fair during the 2014 Convention in Las Vegas. It provides the greatest opportunity for sponsors, partners, companies, civic organizations, and vendors to access both the NAACP membership and the Philadelphia community during our convention. Admission is free, both for registered attendees and visitors from the local community. The NAACP Retail Expo will open to the general public on Saturday, July 11th and conclude on Tuesday, July 14th. The show includes the following:



Continuing Legal Education Seminar

CLE CLE Registration

Register today for the 31st Annual Continuing Legal Education(CLE) Seminar, which will take place during the 106th NAACP Convention on July 12-13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The CLE Seminar is held in conjunction with the National Bar Association. For any questions regarding registration, please contact Tia Lawson at tlawson@naacpnet.org. The Clarence Mitchell Memorial Luncheon will be held on Monday, July 14, 2015.

REGISTER NOW

The Spingarn Medal

NAACP

Awarded annually for the highest achievement of an American of African descent.
THE SPINGARN MEDAL was instituted in 1914 by the late J.E. Spingarn (then Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), who gave annually until his death in 1939, a gold medal to be awarded for the highest or noblest achievement by an American Negro during the preceding year or years. A fund sufficient to continue the award was set up by his will to perpetuate the lifelong interest of my brother, Arthur B. Spingarn, and myself in the achievement of the American Negro.

The purpose of the medal is twofold – first, to call attention of the American people to the existence of distinguished merit and achievement among Americans of African descent; and secondly – to serve as a reward for such achievement and as a stimulus to the ambition of youth of African descent.

Complete List of Medalist

2015 Convention Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

OFFICIAL CONVENTION SPONSORS:


Supporting Convention Sponsors:

Contributing Convention Sponsors:

Partners:

BBVA
CBS AARP marriott
Lilly
MGM
verizon

General Information

Future Convention Dates:
2016
Cincinnati, Ohio July 16th - 23rd
2017 Baltimore, Maryland - July 22nd - 26th

Contact Info

NAACP Events Department
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
P: (410) 580-5780

The Events Team

Ana Aponte-Curtis

Vice President of Events Planning

410-580-5782

Chantel Clea Goins, CMP

Meeting Planner

410-580-5112

Nicholas I. Wiggins

Meeting Planner & Exhibits Manager

410-580-5756

Felisha Fowlkes

Administrative Coordinator

410-580-5126