NEW YORK (CNN) - President Barack Obama will address the NAACP's centennial convention this summer, the organization announced Tuesday.
Obama, the country's first black president, will address the convention on its final day. Attorney General Eric Holder, New York Gov. David Paterson, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Charles Rangel, retired Gen. Colin Powell and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will also speak at the convention.
Obama's predecessor, President George W. Bush, faced criticism for refusing to address the organization until his sixth year in office.
The event will take place in July in New York City, where the civil rights organization was founded 100 years ago.