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June 01, 2015

NAACP to hold national convention in Philly

Members will focus on voting rights, criminal justice reform and economic opportunity

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States, will hold its 106th annual convention in Philadelphia. Its members will craft an agenda centered around voting rights, criminal justice reform, health equity, economic opportunity and education equality.

"Under the banner of 'Pursuing Liberty In the Face of Injustice,' the NAACP looks forward to convening thousands of civil rights, human rights and social justice activists to network and develop measurable strategies that inspire courage in participants to implement sustainable political and economic changes in vulnerable neighborhoods throughout the country," NAACP Board Chairman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement.

The convention, to be held July 11-15, will take place several weeks before the civil rights organizations kicks off its America Journey for Justice, a series of stops along the 850-mile route from Selma, Alabama, to Washington. Various civil rights leaders, elected officials, faith leaders and community activists will serve as speakers during the convention.

“We are honored to welcome the NAACP to Philadelphia this July for its 106th National Convention,” Mayor Michael Nutter said in a statement. “As the birthplace of liberty, our city is the perfect location to host the NAACP, one of the leading organizations for social change in the world for more than a century. We are thrilled that some of the most pressing social, economic and civil rights issues of the 21st century will be addressed at this convention here in Philadelphia.”