BALTIMORE, MD – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has begun the planning process for its 107th Annual Convention which will be held in Cincinnati, July 16th – 20th, 2016.
The NAACP Convention Planning Committee will be holding a planning retreat in Cincinnati, November 5th – 7th to begin the planning and preparations. In announcing the planning retreat, Leon W. Russell, chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee and vice chairman of the NAACP, also announced that Dan Lincoln and Jason Dunn of Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will serve as local host coordinators for the convention.
“The NAACP will work closely with Lincoln and Dunn to create a blue ribbon host committee to provide leadership locally and logistically for the planning effort,” said Russell. “This committee will also be responsible for identifying and insuring local participation in all facets of the convention efforts. As planning moves ahead, we will look to this local group to assist in the reorganizing effort to insure a viable and successful local NAACP unit. We recognize that we have challenges here, but we are committed to having a successful convention and leaving this city with a viable, stable and fully engaged Cincinnati branch.”
“A hallmark of the Cincinnati USA community is the strong partnerships among our corporations, city and county government, and civic organizations,” said CVB President & CEO Dan Lincoln. “Cincinnati’s collaborative attitude creates an ideal atmosphere for the thought-provoking dialogue surrounding important national issues that will be part of the 2016 NAACP Annual Convention.”
Cincinnati has served as host for the 2008 Annual Convention which brought more than 10,000 NAACP members, delegates and speakers for the five-day conference, including then-Senator and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. In 2016, presidential candidates – as well as other national political, civic, religious and business leaders – are expected to attend. Key topics of discussion are expected to include voter registration, voter education, and Get Out the Vote with a focus on efforts to fully restore the Voting Rights Act.
“Our team has worked closely with the NAACP planning committee throughout the bid process and last November’s site visit,” said Jason Dunn, CVB Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development. “The CVB has a proven track record of success in booking and hosting high-profile multicultural meetings, and we will apply this expertise to make the 2016 Annual Convention one of the most successful ever for the NAACP.”
“The NAACP Annual Convention is perhaps is the most significant event in the NAACP’s yearly calendar,” said Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the National Board of Directors. “There is much work to be done to plan for this Convention, but the Association and Cincinnati USA are up to the task of giving this year’s event the dedication, effort, and diligence that our members and the community expect and deserve.”
“This year’s presidential election comes amid an organized campaign to limit access to the ballot in the South as well as in pivotal swing states like Ohio,” said Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP. “The NAACP Annuall Convention will give our members and units an opportunity to gather our strength and the tools necessary to fight back against efforts to suppress the vote and ensure that the people will be heard strongly and clearly on Election Day.”
The NAACP looks forward to working with Cincinnati USA to help plan a successful annual convention, the results of which can be felt in every community served by an NAACP unit.