NAACP National Annual Convention Returns to Baltimore

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 1:30pm
BALTIMORE, M.D. -- The NAACP is excited to announce our return to “Charm City” to host the 108th Annual National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, from July 22nd- July 26th. The NAACP last hosted its national convention in Baltimore in 2000. The Association looks forward to bringing this distinguished event to our home city.
From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors:
“We are indeed coming Home to Baltimore in 2017.  We intend to make the 108th Convention a showcase for the progress initiated by the NAACP. We will bring delegates, thought leaders and policy makers together in Charm City to insure that we continue to insure the civil and human rights of all people.  We will tackle the tough issues and work to insure that our membership leaves the city prepared to advocate for educational, economic, healthcare, criminal justice and voting rights equality across the nation.  We look forward to providing further evidence that courage has not skipped this generation.”
From Leon W. Russell, Vice Chairman of NAACP National Board of Directors and Chairman of the NAACP Convention Planning Committee:
“The Convention Planning Committee is pleased to award the 2017 Annual NAACP Convention to the City of Baltimore. Our hosts will be the Baltimore Branch and Visit Baltimore. The Convention is a perfect fit for Baltimore and true to the theme the Branch and Visit Baltimore used in their bid, we look forward to “Coming Home” for the 108th Annual Convention. We will work hard to make the 108th Convention an outstanding event for all our members, as well as a stellar event for the City.”
From Hazel Dukes, Member of the National Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the NAACP Convention Planning Committee:
“As a three time host of the NAACP Annual Convention, I am delighted that Baltimore has been awarded the 108th Annual convention in July 2017.  Hosting a convention is a monumental task, but I am sure that the Baltimore Branch and Visit Baltimore are more than capable of providing the support and infrastructure necessary to make this effort successful. The Convention Planning Committee will work closely with the Branch and the City to make the effort a true learning experience for our delegates and a bully pulpit for equality and justice throughout the nation.”
From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP:
“The award of the NAACP National Convention to the City of Baltimore is a win/win for all of us. Baltimore offers an outstanding civil rights history upon which we can build.  Having been the hometown of Thurgood Marshall, Clarence Mitchell, Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Parren Mitchell, Enolia Pettigen McMillan and Kweisi Mfume; there is no doubt that we will bring the movement back to its roots.  Our 108th Annual Convention will offer many opportunities to highlight the advocacy that our Association demonstrates on a daily basis across the United States.”
From Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:
"We are honored that the NAACP has named Baltimore as the host for its 2017 Annual Convention.  Events like this showcase that Baltimore is truly a world-class convention and tourist destination. Baltimore's rich African American heritage and culture are closely intertwined with the NAACP's proud legacy, and we are delighted to bring the NAACP Convention back home."
From Tom Noonan, President & CEO of Visit Baltimore:
“We are honored by the selection and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to welcome the NAACP and its stakeholders home to Baltimore in 2017 when the city will open its doors as hosts to the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization’s biggest meeting. We consider this booking to be among the most important, prestigious and relevant meetings, not only within the multicultural market, but the entire national meetings market.”
From Tessa Hill-Aston, President Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP:
"I am looking forward and very excited to welcoming the delegates of the National NAACP to Baltimore in 2017 as we showcase our first class city to the country! This convention will be an incredible economic development opportunity for the Baltimore City branch to engage local minority businesses and all citizens of Baltimore."
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.


Sara Warfield, VP of Communications