NAACP Launches 111th Annual Convention With Festival Of Arts, Culture And Entertainment



Washington DC – The NAACP will launch its 111th annual convention on Monday, August 3, 2020, featuring the Arts, Culture & Entertainment (ACE) festival, hosted by the Hollywood Bureau of the NAACP. In addition to showcasing exclusive digital events and emerging black talent, the festival will feature a diverse set of speakers, artists and actors who will address social and racial justice through the prism of television, film, music, etc. The festival will also feature presentations and an awards ceremony from the NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific (ACT-SO) Olympic Games program. Registration for the ACE festival is open and can be found by visiting,

Intended to speak:

LaMorne Morris, actor; Ethan hawke, actor, screenwriter, producer, director; Maria taylor, varsity sports host and reporter, host of the NBA Countdown, ESPN; Grant Hill, executive producer, Daveed Diggs, actor, writer, producer, activist; Derrick johnson, President and CEO, NAACP.

“The Hollywood Bureau is delighted to begin this year’s annual convention with our virtual festival of arts, culture and entertainment,” said Robin harrison, Director, NAACP Hollywood Bureau. “The black community has always been exceptional in using our skills to uplift, celebrate and bring attention to our plight in meaningful ways. This year’s ACE Festival will be no different and will certainly be timely, engaging and insightful.

The ACE Festival will kick off several weeks of programming for the NAACP National Convention. The following week, August 12-14, ACT-SO, a one-year success program for African American high school students, will host a virtual competition with an awards ceremony on the 15th. speakers can be accessed by visiting,

Media interested in covering the 111th convention can visit to register and find out more. Press inquiries regarding the festival should be sent by email to [email protected]

The program of events is as follows:

Monday August 3

Black Boy Joy (Short film)

3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST

Screening of Camp Crip with Q&A (live)

4:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. EST

John Lewis: Good Trouble (Limited to 200 people)

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

tuesday 4 august

SWIMMING (Short film)

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST

ESPN’s undefeated – time for change: we will not be defeated

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

Screening of the documentary A Most Beautiful Thing

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EST

Wednesday August 5

Woke (pilot episode – Hulu)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

It’s not just black and white / Black Lives Matter (short)

5:00 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. EST

The Good Lord Bird (Clips & Conversations)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EST

Thursday August 6

The reunion of the “proud family”

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

Mud (Short film)

4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. EST

THE SOUL of Disney / Pixar (Clips and conversations)

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Counter (Short Film)

4:45 p.m. – 4:56 p.m. EST

Behind the history of the musical

Genie – Aretha Franklin (Clips and conversation)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST


About the NAACP

Founded in 1909 in response to continued violence against blacks across the country, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the largest and most prominent civil rights organization in the country. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the country, as well as over 2 million activists. Our mission is to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate discrimination based on race and to ensure the health and well-being of all people.

The NAACP is a c4 organization (contributions are not tax deductible) and we have a c3 partner organization known as the NAACP Empowerment Programs (contributions are fully tax deductible as permitted by the IRS ).

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also known as NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as part of the NAACP, but split in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the leading national civil law and human rights organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.


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