Cincinnati

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold the 107th Annual Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio in The Duke Energy Center on July 16-20, 2016.

Cincinnati has been a successful host for previous NAACP conventions, most notably the 2008 convention which featured Senator Barack Obama among its prominent speakers. Given that the convention again comes to Cincinnati in an election year, there will be a lot of attention given to voter registration, voter education, and Get Out the Vote efforts. Additionally, much attention will be given to the effort to restore the Voting Rights Act.

WELCOME TO CINCINNATI USA

About Us

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. 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.


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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.

Purpose of The National Convention

The Annual Convention of the Association shall establish policies and programs of action for the ensuing year. all actions of the Convention on questions of policy and programs, which are not contrary to the Constitution, shall be binding on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Officers and all Units, except as hereinafter provided. No resolution for change of policy or program of action shall be in order unless it shall have been favorably voted upon at regular legislative meetings of a Unit in good standing, or has been submitted by the President and CEO. The resolutions for policy or program change must be certified by the President and Secretary of the Unit, and received by the President and CEO in the National Office by May 1st annually. The Convention shall act on all such proposed program or policy changes during its Legislative Sessions.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN:

Convention Registration

Convention registration is now open for the 107th Annual Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, July July 16 - 20, 2016

NAACP ANNUAL CONVENTION: VIDEOS

 


Chairman Roslyn M. Brock NAACP 106th Convention Speech

Cornell William Brooks NAACP 106th Convention Speech
View and order "NAACP CONVENTION 2015" images HERE

 

Convention Speakers

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

Schedule-at-a-glance

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   ACT-SO Early Registration
Duke Energy Convention Center

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  ACT-SO Registration
Duke Energy Convention Center

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

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  ACT-SO Judges Orientation
Hyatt Regency

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  ACT-SO Opening Ceremony
Duke Energy Convention Center


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9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  ACT-SO Competitions
Duke Energy Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts

2:00 p.m.  Convention Opening Press Conference
Duke Energy Convention Center

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Convention Registration
Duke Energy Convention Center

7:00 p.m.  NAACP Night with the Cincinnati Reds

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ACT-SO Culinary Competition
Duke Energy Convention Center

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

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ACT-SO Master Classes

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

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ACT-SO Video Game Design Jam

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ACT-SO Awards Ceremony Rehearsal
Duke Energy Convention Center

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mayor's Reception

9:00 p.m. – Midnight ACT-SO/Youth and College Division Reception (Movie)

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Prayer & Memorial Breakfast
Duke Energy Convention Center

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CLE Seminar
Duke Energy Convention Center

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Convention Registration
Duke Energy Convention Center

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

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Commerce & Industry Show
➢ Author Pavilion
➢ Exhibits
➢ Health Pavilion
➢ Retail Expo

Duke Energy Convention Center

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

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. WIN Empowerment Brunch

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

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ACT-SO Awards Ceremony
Duke Energy Convention Center

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

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Public Mass Meeting - Keynote speaker: Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, National Board of Directors
Duke Energy Convention Center

5:45 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Morning Fitness
Duke Energy Convention Center

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Youth & College Regional Meetings
Duke Energy Convention Center

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Regional Meetings
Duke Energy Convention Center

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Convention Registration
Duke Energy Convention Center

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Commerce & Industry Show
➢ Author Pavilion
➢ Exhibits
➢ Health Pavilion
➢ Retail Expo

Duke Energy Convention Center

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP
Duke Energy Convention Center

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Clarence Mitchell Memorial Luncheon
Duke Energy Convention Center

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

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

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CLE Seminar
Duke Energy Convention Center

1:00 p.m. Credentials Committee Meeting
Duke Energy Convention Center

1:00 p.m. Rules Committee Meeting

1:00 p.m. Election Supervisory Committee Meeting

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Legislative Plenary Session

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
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

5:45 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Morning Fitness
Duke Energy Convention Center

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Youth & College Regional Meetings
Duke Energy Convention Center

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Adult Regional Meetings
Duke Energy Convention Center

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Convention Registration
Duke Energy Convention Center

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Plenary Session – 2016 Resolutions
Duke Energy Convention Center

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Commerce & Industry Show
➢ Author Pavilion
➢ Exhibits
➢ Health Pavilion
➢ Job Fair
➢ Retail Expo

Duke Energy Convention Center

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)
Hyatt Regency

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. National Membership Luncheon
Duke Energy Convention Center

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Luncheon
Westin

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
Duke Energy Convention Center

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

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Time and Place Committee Meeting
Duke Energy Convention Center

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Juanita Jackson Mitchell Youth Freedom Fund Dinner
Duke Energy Convention Center

9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon  Convention Registration
Duke Energy Convention Center

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Closing Plenary Session
Duke Energy Convention Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Labor Luncheon/Forum
Duke Energy Convention Center

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Youth & College Day of Service
Duke Energy Convention Center

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Labor Workshop

7:30 p.m.  Spingarn Dinner/Freedom Fund Banquet
Duke Energy Convention Center

38th 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 32 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

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

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

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ACT-SO Judges Orientation

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

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

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ACT-SO General Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ACT-SO Master Classes

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ACT-SO Video Game Design Jam

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

12:30 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 47th Commerce and Industry Show is one of the highlights of the Annual Convention. Over 5,000 visitors are expected at this year's Show and Job Fair during the 2016 Convention in Cincinnati. It provides the greatest opportunity for sponsors, partners, companies, civic organizations, and vendors to access both the NAACP membership and the local community during our convention. Admission is free and open to the general public.


Continuing Legal Education Seminar

NAACP

The 32nd Annual Continuing Legal Education Seminar, which will take place during the 107th NAACP Convention on July 16-20, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH. For any questions regarding registration, please contact Tia Lawson at tlawson@naacpnet.org. The Clarence Mitchell Memorial Luncheon will be held on Monday, July 18, 2016.

REGISTER HERE

The Spingarn Medal

NAACP

NAACP officials announce that Ohio native and retired Judge Nathaniel R. Jones will be the recipient of the 101st Annual Spingarn Medal, recognizing him for his commitment equality and civil rights.

Jones, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, served as general counsel for the NAACP from 1969 to 1979 and later worked with Nelson Mandela and the post-apartheid South African government as they drafted the nation's new constitution in 1993.

"Judge Jones' commitment to civil rights and social action embodies the spirit and mission of the NAACP," said Leon W. Russell, vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. "His efforts to end school segregation, defend affirmative action and his continued work as a federal judge deserves the NAACP's highest honor."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

2016 Convention Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

OFFICIAL CONVENTION SPONSORS:

General Information

Future Convention Dates:
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

Eris T. Sims

Sr. Director, Events Planning

410-580-5782

Chantel Clea Goins, CMP

Events Manager

410-580-5112

Nicholas I. Wiggins

Meeting Planner & Exhibits Manager

410-580-5756