In February 2009, the NAACP will mark its 100th anniversary. Celebratory events will kick off on January 20 with the NAACP Inaugural Ball, the first in the organization’s 100-year history. The NAACP Headquarters, based in Baltimore, Md., along with its 1,700 units around the country, will host celebrations and observances throughout the year that highlight the significant role the organization has played in leading social change in America.
Following is a partial listing of upcoming events for your planning calendars. For regular updates, please visit www.naacp.org.
Jan. 19, 2009 10th Annual NAACP ‘King Day at the Dome’
10:15 a.m. South Carolina State Capitol
1100 Gervais St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Contact: South Carolina State Conference
NAACP (804) 754-4584
Jan. 20, 2009 NAACP 1st Presidential Inaugural Ball
For the first time in its 100-year history, the NAACP will host an
inaugural ball, honoring the 44th President of the United States and
celebrating the nation’s selection of an African American to the
country’s highest elected office.
Feb. 6 & 7, 2009 “The Civil Rights Century: The NAACP at 100”
Johns Hopkins University Center for
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: (410) 516-6385
Feb. 12, 2009 100th Anniversary of the NAACP
Branches and units nationwide will host celebrations including:
— Founder’s Day Services
— Cake-Cutting Ceremonies
Feb. 12, 2009 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards
Airs live, nationwide on the FOX network
at 8 p.m. EST
665 West Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Contact: NAACP Hollywood Bureau (323) 938-5268;
Jennifer Price (323) 965-1990
The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating
the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in
the arts, motion picture, television, recording, and literature, as
well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through
their creative endeavors.
Feb. 21, 2009 NAACP Annual Meeting
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. New York Hilton
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Contact: Paula Edme, (212) 344-7474 x101
May 2009 NAACP Leadership 500 Summit
Since its inception in 2005, Leadership 500 has served as a fertile
training ground around social justice advocacy for more than 1,200
mid-level professionals between the ages of 30 and 50. Leadership 500
workshop topics also explore issues of economic parity and wealth
creation; health and wellness as a business imperative and early
Contact: Paula Edme, (212) 344-7474 x101
July 2, 2009 Thurgood Marshall Day
Baltimore City Branch NAACP hosts a bus tour throughout the state
that highlights Marshall’s life, career and important role in the
civil rights movement as an NAACP attorney.
Tour Guide: Larry Gibson, University of Maryland. Law School
Contact: Baltimore City Branch NAACP, (410) 366-3300
July 11-16, 2009 NAACP 100th Annual Convention
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
The NAACP Annual Convention is the largest gathering of its kind in
the country. An estimated 8,000 NAACP members, delegates and visitors
will be in New York City for six days of informative workshops,
compelling speakers, gathering information and enjoying stellar
entertainers to mark the Association’s success and nation’s progress
in race relations since its founding.
Contact: NAACP Communications Office, (202) 463-2940
Additional festivities planned for the NAACP centennial year include:
— Televised specials highlighting the most influential films, music and people from 1909-2009.
— Release of a commemorative music CD of ‘freedom songs’ performed by noted recording artists of today.
— Release of NAACP: Celebrating a Century, 100 Years in Pictures, a photo book of images and notes from the NAACP’s own files and records.
Details about these and other projects can be found on www.naacp.org. For more information, contact NAACP Communications Department, (202) 463-2940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.