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Press Statement March 14, 2020

U.S. Surgeon General and leaders in Health & Policy join NAACP Emergency Tele Town Hall on Coronavirus

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Baltimore (March 14, 2020) – On Sunday, March 15, at 8 pm ET, the NAACP will host an Emergency Tele Town Hall about Coronavirus: COVID-19 and its potential impact on communities of color. As a civil rights organization and stewards of human rights, the NAACP is working to ensure that the policies and practices that are born out of this pandemic justly address the health, economic and social needs of all people.

WHAT: Emergency Tele Town Hall (Coronavirus: COVID-19) 

WHERE: Participant Dial-in: 866 757 0756

WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2020, @ 8pm ET


  • Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Congresswoman Robin Kelly
  • La June Montgomery Tabron, President & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Dr. Rich Besser, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Dr. Jerry Young, President, National Baptist Convention
  • Rev. Traci Blackmon, United Church of Christ
  • Nicolette Louissaint, PhD, Executive Director, Healthcare Ready

"The truth is, there are so many within this nation that are disenfranchised from receiving adequate and affordable care due to socio-economic circumstances, said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. "This virus will have dire consequences on so many, but specifically African Americans, which suffer from higher rates of chronic illness."


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 here.