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					    NAACP Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary In 2009:
    Mark Calendar For Year-Long Centennial Events
On February 12, 2009, the NAACP will mark its 100th anniversary. Celebratory events
will kick off on January 20 with the NAACP Inaugural Ball, the first in the organization’s
100-year history. The NAACP Headquarters, based in Baltimore, MD, along with its
1,700 units nationwide, will host celebrations and observances throughout the year
ending on February 12, 2010, that highlight the significant role the organization has
played in leading social change in America.

Following is a partial listing of upcoming events for your planning calendars. For regular
updates, please visit www.naacp.org .


Jan. 19, 2009             10th Annual NAACP ‘King Day at the
Dome’
10:15 a.m.                South Carolina State Capitol
                           1100 Gervais St.
                           Columbia, SC 29201
                           Contact: South Carolina State Conference NAACP (804)
754-4584

Jan. 20, 2009             NAACP 1st Presidential Inaugural Ball
                           Location TBD
                           Washington, DC

For the first time in its 100-year history, the NAACP will host an inaugural ball,
celebrating 100 years of civic engagement, honoring the 44th President of the United
States and celebrating the nation’s selection of an African American to the country’s
highest elected office.


Feb. 6 & 7, 2009           “The Civil Rights Century: The NAACP at 100”
                            Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies
                            Johns Hopkins University
                            3400 North Charles St.
                            Baltimore, MD 21218
                            Contact: (410) 516-6385

Feb. 12, 2009               100th Anniversary of the NAACP
                             Branches and Units nationwide will host celebrations
including:
                             -Founder’s Day Services
                             -Cake-Cutting Ceremonies
Feb. 12, 2009               40th Annual NAACP Image Awards
                             Airs live, nationwide on the FOX network at 8 p.m. EST
                             Shrine Auditorium
                             665 West Jefferson Blvd.
                             Los Angeles, CA 90007
                             Contact: NAACP Hollywood Bureau (323) 938-5268;
Jennifer Price                               (323) 965-1990


The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding
achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, motion picture, television,
recording, and literature, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social
justice through their creative endeavors.


Feb. 21, 2009              NAACP Annual Meeting
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.            New York Hilton
                            1335 Avenue of the Americas
                            New York, NY 10019
                            Contact: Paula Edme, (212) 344-7474 x101

May 2009                     NAACP Leadership 500 Summit
Since its inception in 2005, Leadership 500 has served as a fertile training ground around
social justice advocacy for more than 1,200 mid-level professionals between the ages of
30 and 50. Leadership 500 workshop topics also explore issues of economic parity and
wealth creation; health and wellness as a business imperative and early childhood
education.
Contact: Paula Edme, (212) 344-7474 x101

July 2, 2009               Thurgood Marshall Day
                            Baltimore, MD

Baltimore City Branch NAACP hosts a bus tour throughout the state that highlights
Marshall’s life, career and important role in the civil rights movement as an NAACP
attorney. Tour Guide: Larry Gibson, University of Maryland. Law School
 Contact: Baltimore City Branch NAACP (410) 366-3300.

July 11-16, 2009         NAACP 100th Annual Convention
                          Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
                          655 W. 34th Street
                          New York, NY 10001

The NAACP Annual Convention is the largest gathering of its kind in the country. An
estimated 8,000 NAACP members, delegates and visitors will be in New York City for
six days of informative workshops, compelling speakers, gathering information and
enjoying stellar entertainers to mark the Association’s success and nation’s progress in
race relations since its founding.

Contact: NAACP Communications Office, (202) 463-2940

Additional festivities planned for the NAACP centennial year include:

-Televised specials highlighting the most influential films, music and people from 1909-
2009.
-Release of a commemorative music CD of ‘freedom songs’ performed by noted
recording artists of today.
-Release of NAACP: Celebrating a Century, 100 Years in Pictures, a photo book of
images and notes from the      NAACP’s own files and records.

Details about these and other projects can be found on www.naacp.org. For more
information, contact NAACP Communications Department, (202) 463-2940 or email
communications@naacpnet.org.



--Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights
organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier
advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and
monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

				
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