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Media Advisory September 20, 2023

NAACP Leaders to Discuss Policy Priorities During CBCF 52nd Annual Legislative Conference

Jackson Water Town Hall


September 20, 2023

Contact: Alicia Mercedes,


WASHINGTON – This week, NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson and other NAACP leaders will participate in several panel conversations during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 52nd Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF-ALC). The Association's subject-matter experts will join elected officials and fellow nonprofit leaders to discuss issues that are top of mind for Black Americans, especially those outlined in the NAACP's recently released CBCF-ALC Policy Priorities Memo


Derrick Johnson, President & CEO

Wisdom Cole, Director of Youth & College Division

Abre' Conner, Director of Environmental and Climate Justice

Dr. Ivory Toldson, Director of Education Innovation and Research

Amari Fennoy, Training & Program Manager of Youth & College Division

Dr. Phelton Moss, Education Innovation Fellow 

THURSDAY, September 21, 2023

  • *The State of Education: Sounding the Alarm on the Black Educator Shortage 
    • 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET in Room 207A*
    • Featuring NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson, Dr. Ivory Toldson, National Education Association (NEA), and Learning Policy Institute, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and Congressman Bobby Scott. 
  • "My Yard, My Debt" Screening + Panel
    • 3:00 - 5:00 pm ET at The Howard University School of Law located at 2900 Van Ness Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20008 – Moot Court Room
    • Featuring Amari Fennoy and hosted by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and the Center for Responsible Lending. 
  • Balancing the Scales of Affirmative Action 
    • 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET at Arnold & Porter Law Firm located at 601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    • Featuring Dr. Ivory Toldson. 
  • Young, Gifted & Green: 40 Under 40 Awards
    • 6:00 - 7:30 pm ET at the Conference Center & Capitol View Rooftop located at 20 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
    • Honoring Abre' Conner. 

FRIDAY, September 22, 2023

  • *Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys: Don't Build a Jail for Me: Prevention not Detention/ Policing in the Black Community 
    • 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET in Braintrust Studio C*
    • Hosted by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Featuring NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson, Dr. Phelton Moss, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, and more. 
  • *Student Debt Cancelation is Essential
    • 1:00 pm ET in Room 201*
    • Featuring Wisdom Cole, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and NEA President Becky Pringle. 

*Please note: Events marked with an asterisk will be hosted in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001.



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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