The NAACP's annual national convention will be held in Los Angeles next year, the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Thursday afternoon. The confab is scheduled for July 23 through 28 downtown. Exact venues were not announced but the Convention Center, Staples Center and LA Live seem like good candidates.
The mayor's office states that the event was expected to bring $11.4 in spending to the city, with nearly 13,000 hotel rooms expected to be booked.
“Over the past century, the NAACP has stood at the forefront of progress – crossing the longest bridges and overcoming the highest hurdles in the pursuit of social justice and the end of discrimination,” Villaraigosa said. “Having such a distinguished and high-profile organization convene in our city for their 102nd anniversary speaks volumes to Los Angeles' status as a premier convention city.”
It'll be the NAACP's 102nd annual convention, according to the organization. Will President Obama be there? It's not yet clear.
Council President Eric Garcetti said it has been more than 30 years since the NAACP has come to L.A. for it's yearly get-together.