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President Obama to address NAACP convention in Philadelphia

Journal Staff Report | 7/5/2015, 5:28 p.m.
President Barack Obama will address the 106th NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the ...
President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama will address the 106th NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

“We are honored to welcome President Obama back to our NAACP national convention,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Our members are looking forward to President Obama delivering a powerful message that reinforces our commitment to being champions for civil and human rights in the 21st century.”

This is the second time Mr. Obama will address the NAACP's National Convention as President of the United States.

“President Barack Obama, having spoken eloquently of grace to a grieving nation in a moment of crisis in Charleston, will now address the social and economic challenges of our time in the hometown of American freedom – Philadelphia,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.

“President Obama has been on the forefront of transformative change from civil rights to human rights over his term and in recent days. We in the nation eagerly anticipate his vision and plans for the difficult work ahead,” said Brooks.

Thousands of NAACP leaders, delegates, activists, youths, and supporters will attend the 106th Convention of the NAACP.

This year’s convention will run from July 11 – July 15 under the theme “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.” The NAACP will focus on building a broad based agenda around voting rights, criminal justice reform, health equity, economic opportunity and education equality ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization.