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Press Statement April 27, 2020

NAACP Concludes Four-Part Virtual Town Hall Series with a Focus on State and Local Responses to COVID-19

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Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2020) – The NAACP will host the fourth installation of their four-part virtual town hall series, "Unmasked: COVID-19" on Tuesday, April 28, at 8 PM ET /5 PM PT. The fourth episode of the series will address the state and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic with an emphasis on the African American population. 

The lack of consistent leadership and coordination from the White House has led state and local governments to take on varied approaches in combating this unprecedented public health crisis. Across the country, many Mayors and Governors have had to implement necessary and innovative strategies to slow down the spread of the virus, provide testing, and secure necessary PPE and health equipment to protect their communities.  

"As we turn our attention to state responses, we recognize the significant burden that is placed on elected officials to ensure the safety, democracy, and well-being of its residents," said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. "This informative call will chart a pathway forward and serve as a blueprint for many on how to respond, at a local level. during challenging times." 

Callers can participate via interactive toll-free conference call that will stream LIVE on the NAACP's website and Facebook. To join via phone, dial (866) 757-0756 and to join the conversation on social media follow @NAACP and @BET.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear remarks from Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP; Senator Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator, MN; Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan;  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta. The event will be moderated by April Ryan, CNN Commentator, American Urban Radio Network. 


WHAT: Unmasked: COVID-19 (Part 4)

WHERE: Participant Dial-in: (866) 757 0756


WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2020, @  8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT


  • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
  • April Ryan, CNN Commentator
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator, MN
  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York
  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta


For media inquiries and interview opportunities:


Marc Banks

For BET:

Luis Defrank



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 six "Game Changer" issue areas at