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NAACP’s Live Town Hall Set to Explore the Road to 2020 at the 49th Annual Legislative Conference

September 10, 2019


BALTIMORE (September 10, 2019)—On Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, the NAACP will host a town hall during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 49th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Moderated by political strategist & CNN political commentator Angela Rye, the town hall will engage African American voters in a candid conversation about critical issues facing our country as we look ahead to 2020.

The event, which will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will bring together Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib in a rare conversation around the 2020 census, voting rights, and the upcoming presidential election. NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, and Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, Leon W. Russell, will join the panel to offer remarks and comments during the hour-long conversation.

The live town hall kicks off the NAACP’s involvement at the 49th Annual Legislative Conference. For media interested in covering the NAACP’s Live Town Hall, RSVP here: Road to 2020.

In addition to the live town hall, NAACP leadership will join panels at ALC. The full schedule of the NAACP’s participation on ALC panels can be found below:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Black Women’s Roundtable Power of Black Women Policy Forum

Location: 146C

NAACP: Sheila Isong, National Political Director (panelist)

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Sojourner Truth Town Hall Bridging Pathways for Black Women in Leadership & Politics

Location: 206
NAACP: Tiffany Dena Loftin, National Director, Youth and College Division (panelist)

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM


Thursday, September 12, 2019

National Town Hall: 400 Years: Our Legacy, Our Possibilities

Location: Ballroom A

NAACP: Derrick Johnson, President, and CEO

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Emerging Leaders Power Luncheon

Location: 202A
NAACP: Tiffany Dena Loftin, National Director, Youth and College Division (panelists)

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Judiciary Braintrust

Location: 146B

NAACP: Hilary Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau and

Senior Vice President For Policy and Advocacy (moderator),

Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Reclaiming Our Voices: Restoring Voting Rights in the 21st Century

Location: 144BC

NAACP: Derrick Johnson, President and CEO

Time: 1:30 PM -3:30 PM


Black Millennial Roundtable Discussion

Location: 145B
NAACP Youth and College (Co-Host)

NAACP: Jamal Watkins, VP, Civic Engagement (panelist)

Time: 3:00 PM -4:30 PM


President Johnson will be available for interviews prior to and after his the panels and workshop appearances. Please contact NAACP Press Secretary, Marc Banks at to request interviews.


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 six “Game Changer” issue areas here.