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Press Statement April 21, 2020

NAACP Focuses Third Virtual Town Hall on New Reality of K-12 Education Following COVID-19

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Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2020) – The NAACP, in conjunction with BET, will host part three of their four-part virtual town hall series, "Unmasked: COVID-19" on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT. The hour-long call will focus on the new reality of education K-12 following the coronavirus pandemic, as well as its impact on universities. Panelists will deliberate about the rising educational inequalities, and how legislation can mitigate the burden African American students and other students of color face. 

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

Participants on the call will have the opportunity to hear remarks from Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP; Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Award-winning Journalist and Host of BET News; Senator Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator, MA; Bobby Scott, Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Education; Maxine Waters, Chairwoman, U.S. House Financial Services Committee; Becky Pringle, National Education Association Vice President; Arthur Claiborne, Student Leader, North Carolina A&T State University;  and Tiffany Dena Loftin, NAACP Youth and College Director.

Each speaker will offer words of encouragement and actions our communities can take to contribute to their well-being during this challenging time.

WHAT: Unmasked: COVID-19 (Part 3)

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

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, @  7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT


  • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
  • Dr. MarcLamont Hill, Award-winning journalist and BET News host
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator, MA
  • Bobby Scott, Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Education
  • Becky Pringle, National Education Association Vice President
  • Tiffany Dena Loftin, Youth and College Director, NAACP
  • Arthur Claiborne, Student Leader, North Carolina A&T State University

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 "Game Changer" issue areas at

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.