CINCINNATI, OHIO • JULY 16 - 20, 2016

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



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


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 29 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.

Larry Brown, Jr.
Director, ACT-SO

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

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - ACT-SO Competitions

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

Get FREE Tickets to the closing ceremony

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 16th and conclude on Tuesday, July 19th. The show includes the following:

Continuing Legal Education Seminar

The Spingarn Medal


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



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General Information

Future Convention Dates:
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) 580-5112

The Events Team

Chantel Clea Goins, CMP

Meeting Planner


Nicholas I. Wiggins

Meeting Planner & Exhibits Manager