The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold the 108th Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland in The Baltimore Convention Center on July 22-26, 2017.

Baltimore - the colorful, diverse city that is Maryland's largest city and economic hub, is known for its beautiful harbor; quirky, distinct neighborhoods; unique museums and the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital to the east and the University of Maryland Medical Center to the west. With the rich history the city boasts however, it's amazing that Baltimore hasn't been deemed one of America's greatest historical destinations.


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.




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.


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.


Convention Registration

Observer Registration

All registration takes place at the Baltimore Center


  • Hyatt Regency
  • Hilton Baltimore
  • Sheraton Inner Harbor
  • Marriott Inner Harbor
  • Renaissance Inner Harbor




Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

P.O. Box 8766 BWI Airport, MD 21240 Phone (410) 859-7111
BWI Marshall is Maryland's modern, user-friendly airport with more than 700 daily domestic and international flights serving more than 75 cities nonstop.







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Convention Speakers

Leon W. Russell

Leon W. Russell

Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors
Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Vice Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors
Cornell William Brooks

Cornell William Brooks

President and CEO, NAACP

Bradford Berry

General Counsel
Larry Brown, Jr.

Larry Brown, Jr.

Director, ACT-SO

Khyla Craine

NAACP Legal Dept.

Hazel N. Dukes

NAACP National Board of Directors

Victor L. Goode

Intern National Education Director

Stephen Green

National Youth and College Director
Alice Huffman

Alice Huffman

LGBT Workshop

Adora Obi Nweze

NAACP National Board of Directors

Jacqueline Patterson

NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Director


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39th 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.

The NAACP Experience

The 48th Annual NAACP Experience, where corporate, government, minority and non-profit exhibitors display their products and services, is one of the highlights of the Annual Convention. It will begin on Saturday, July 22 and close on Tuesday, July 25. Over 5,000 visitors are expected at this year's Show and Job Fair during the 2017 Convention in Baltimore. The NAACP Experience 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. For more information, you may contact Gina Lawrence, Events Manager, at (410) 580-5756.

Continuing Legal Education Seminar


The 33rd Annual Continuing Legal Education Seminar, which will take place during the 108th NAACP Convention on July 22-26, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. For any questions regarding registration, please contact Tia Lawson at The Clarence Mitchell Memorial Luncheon will be held July 23-24, 2017

The Spingarn Medal


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 J.E. Spingarn's to perpetuate the lifelong interest of his brother, Arthur B. Spingarn, and himself 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

2017 Convention Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Convention Sponsors:

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Silver Convention Sponsors:

Major Convention Sponsors:

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General Information

108th Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, July 22-26, 2017

Contact Info

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

The Events Team

Eris T. Sims

Senior Director, Events Planning


Gina Lawrence

Event Manager