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Press Statement April 26, 2022

NAACP to Hold Introductory Press Conference on its 113th National Convention

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April 26, 2022
Contact: Jonah Bryson, 

NAACP to Hold Introductory Press Conference on its 113th National Convention

Join the NAACP to learn more about its priorities for 2022

Atlantic City, New Jersey - This Thursday, April 28, the nation's most prominent civil rights organization, the NAACP, will host a press conference introducing its 113th National Convention. This year's convention, which will focus on the theme of #ThisIsPower, will bring organizational leaders together to workshop solutions to our community's most pressing issues – voting and reproductive rights, student debt, and police reform – and determine the NAACP's policy agenda priorities for 2022-23.


"For the first time in two years, we are thrilled to be able to stand alongside our leaders and celebrate our 113th National Convention in person once again. As we look back on a year of great progress for the Black community, we must recognize and plan for the work ahead," said Derrick Johnson, NAACP's National President and CEO. "Despite enormous wins for representation, our civil rights remain under attack. This year's convention will convene some of our brightest minds to cement a path forward."

This in-person press conference will take place at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall Atrium on Thursday, April 28 at 12:30 pm ET. Members of the press are encouraged to attend and can RSVP using this form


The day's events will begin with opening remarks from Atlantic City Convention & Group Sales President and CEO, Larry Sieg. Speakers include: 


  • NAACP National President and CEO, Derrick Johnson
  • Chair of the NAACP National Board of Directors Leon Russell 
  • Chair of the Convention Planning Committee Michael Turner
  • NAACP NJ State Conference President Richard Smith
  • NAACP Atlantic City Branch President Kaleem Shabazz
  • Other Special Guests




Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.


NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation's first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.