Today, the NAACP, the nation’s preeminent civil rights organization, hosted a press conference introducing its 113th National Convention alongside leaders in New Jersey including Governor Phil Murphy and Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr., as well as Larry Sieg, the President and CEO of Meet AC, Atlantic City’s Convention and Visitor Bureau, and more.
This year will mark the NAACP’s return to holding an in-person National Convention, which will feature exciting events and opportunities to gain insight on the NAACP’s work for the coming year. The convention comes at a pivotal time in our nation’s history, as the organization continues its fight to secure civil, voting, and reproductive rights in addition to leading the charge to cancel student debt and create generational wealth for Black families.
“For the first time in two years, we are thrilled to be able to stand alongside our leaders and celebrate our 113th National Convention in person once again. As we look back on a year of great progress for the Black community, we must recognize and plan for the work ahead,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP’s National President and CEO. “Despite enormous wins for representation, our civil rights remain under attack. This year’s convention will convene some of our brightest minds to cement a path forward.”
The convention will take place from July 14th through July 20th. The focus will be on the theme of #ThisIsPower and bringing organizational leaders together to workshop solutions to our community’s most pressing issues – voting and reproductive rights, student debt, and police reform – and determine the NAACP’s policy agenda priorities for 2022-23.
“It is an honor to join NAACP National President and CEO Derrick Johnson and his team, along with their partners here in New Jersey, to announce that the NAACP’s 113th National Convention will be held in New Jersey’s very own Atlantic City,”said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “New Jersey has a rich history in the fight for equality, and we are honored to build on our legacy and host this year’s convention. Together, we can create a stronger, fairer and more equitable New Jersey, and nation, for all.”
“We are honored to host the 113th NAACP National Convention here in Atlantic City in July, and we’re looking forward to showcasing our beautiful seaside destination to its members,” said Meet AC’s President and CEO, Larry Sieg. “Our team has been working diligently to bring the convention to Atlantic City, and we’re expecting a big impact, both economically with $9.3 million expected, but also within our diverse communities in Atlantic City.”
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
About Meet AC
Meet AC, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) organization formed and funded as a public-private partnership by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create economic development through conventions, sporting events, film production and group tourism. Meet AC focuses on three primary objectives: sales, marketing and services.