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Cannes Lions
Media Advisory June 20, 2023

NAACP Attends 2023 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Cannes Lions


June 20, 2023

Contact: Alicia Mercedes,


WASHINGTON – This week, NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson and other members of the NAACP's national leadership team will represent Black America at the 70th edition of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The Association's participation in the esteemed international festival is a part of its broader commitment to combining global advocacy with storytelling to advance progress for the global citizens of the African Diaspora.  


Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP, speaking with Black at Cannes & Group Black 

Aba Blankson, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, NAACP, serving as a juror for the Young Lions competition 

Vanessa Mbonu, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, NAACP will attend Brand Marketers Academy as a Cannes Lions scholarship recipient 

Robin Harrison, Vice President of Hollywood Bureau, NAACP was moderator for the Black at Cannes "Owning Our Narratives" session

Sheila Ducksworth, President of CBS and NAACP Production partnership was panelist for Black at Cannes "Owning Our Narratives" session


Monday, June 19th 2023 to Friday, June 23rd 2023


The Palais | Cannes, France


The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity presents a unique opportunity for the NAACP to showcase the art of activism, ways to shape and steer narratives, and the influence of Black culture and creators on media. The festival's immersive experience provides opportunities for industry leaders to share their insights, experiences, and best practices with delegates.



The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.

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