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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 email@example.com. --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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