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Press Statement April 7, 2020

NAACP President and Senior Leaders Host Digital Press Conference to Discuss Alarming Statistics Surrounding COVID-19 and Black Americans

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Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2020) – The NAACP will host a virtual press conference today to discuss the alarming rates of coronavirus infection and fatalities that Black Americans are disproportionately experiencing across the country. The press conference will take place today (Tuesday), April 7, at 4 PM ET/ 1 PM PT on Facebook LIVE:

"The disparities we are seeing in sickness and death among Black Americans around the country are shocking," said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. "Everywhere we look, the coronavirus is devastating our communities. We urgently call on our elected leaders to ensure we are tested, treated, and protected  to prevent further spread of this horrible disease and more loss of life in our communities."

WHAT: Digital Press Conference (Coronavirus: COVID-19) 

WHERE: Facebook LIVE:

WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, @  4 PM ET/ 1 PM PT


  • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
  • Marjorie Innocent, Ph.D., Senior Director, NAACP Health Programs
  • Marvin Owens, Senior Director, NAACP Economic Department
  • Jacqui Patterson, Senior Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program