The 111th NAACP Convention will be held in Boston in 2020, the historic civil rights organization announced Monday.
“As the oldest Branch in the NAACP, the Boston Branch has a long and impactful legacy in the fight for racial justice,” the leaders of the Boston Branch said in a statement. “Given of our engagement in this fight, we know that 2020 will be a pivotal year for our country.”
The national organization noted in its announcement, released as it is preparing for its July 2019 convention in Detroit, that Boston was the site of one of its earliest conferences back in 1911, just two years after it was founded.
The announcement comes as Mayor Martin Walsh is promoting racial equity in Boston, a city which has historically been among the nation’s most segregated.
“This is a real testament to Boston’s commitment to achieving racial equity for all and becoming a place that is more inclusive of everyone,” Walsh said in a statement following the NAACP announcement. “I look forward to working with our partners to make this event an incredible success, and invite all of our city to join me in letting our country’s top leaders on issues of race, equity and justice know how welcome they will be in Boston.”
Walsh first announced that the city was a finalist for the convention in his State of the City address in January. At that time, he spoke about the creation in 2014 of the city’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and announced that he would be signing an executive order requiring city employees to go through a racial equity training program and all offices to create a plan for racial equity.
“It’s one part of a larger cultural shift that started with our dialogues on race,” Walsh said at the time.
A venue and dates for the 2020 conference have not yet been announced.