FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2023
Contact: Alicia Mercedes, email@example.com
WASHINGTON - This morning, Vice President Harris announced that she would address the NAACP's 114th National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts (7/26-8/2). NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson released the following statement celebrating the VP's return to NAACP Convention:
"NAACP Convention is one of the few places where everyday Americans have the opportunity to engage with some of our nation's most influential voices. The Vice President's return to convention is further evidence of the NAACP's commitment to ensuring our communities have access to all places where power convenes.
I am confident that Vice President Harris' presence at convention will further motivate our members and supporters' continued fight for racial justice across all 50 states. We look forward to hearing from the Vice President on how the administration is enacting its commitment to addressing the issues that are top-of-mind for Black America. This is what thriving together looks like."
Last year, Vice President Harris made history as the first Black Woman Vice President to provide a keynote speech at an NAACP Convention. Her remarks focused on the Administration's support for reproductive rights and tighter gun restrictions, and conveyed a promise to reduce disproportionately high maternal mortality rates for people of color.
Over the last 113 years, the NAACP Convention has welcomed Presidents and Vice Presidents, from Eisenhower, Kennedy, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Biden and Obama.
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.