June 9th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
5 years ago

President Obama to address NAACP convention in July

Obama previously spoke at the NAACP's convention during his presidential campaign in 2008.
Obama previously spoke at the NAACP's convention during his presidential campaign in 2008.

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.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. The Rev'd Fr Raymond Burgoon-Clark

    It will take GENERATIONS of Democratic administrations to flush out the Aegean Stables left by the Busch Reich (sic).

    Haters, make up your minds ...

    "He's TOO black."

    "He's not black ENOUGH."

    BTW, there are no quotas for the Supreme Court.

    To the black woman who objected that he didn't nominate a black woman: there's already an African-American man on the Court.

    His NEXT nominations should probably be Asian-American and Native American women ... and/or a gay man or a lesbian. That would at least give some gender balance to the Court.

    June 9, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    This is all we need.........more n.a.a.c.p.

    What we really need and should have is equal rights and the creation for whites, of the same type of organization.

    the National Association for the Advancement of White People.

    June 9, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Zeb

    The only minorities these days appear to be people who use proper grammar.

    While you're there, Mr. President, please emphasize education!

    June 9, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. E.C.Coleman

    Shirley.........don't worry about ever casting another vote for obama.........
    There are already so many who will NOT cast a vote for obama again, especially since he's made so many false promises.

    obama is a fraud. smart people knew this from the beginning.
    It wasn't hard to miss!

    June 9, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. It's the right time

    Even Latino's (recent immigrants) are fairing better than African-American's in employment, health, income, crime, education – you name it. There are soooo many issues in the African-American community to discuss that I don't understand why you would not encourage our President – the greatest role model there is to address them. When these disparities are handled all of America will be better off.

    June 9, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. bozo bama

    i must be on the terrorist watch list from the CNN moderator.

    June 9, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Ralph

    Travis in Colorado – Sir, you are a woefully ignorant man. I would try to explain to you why you are so ignorant, but I imagine you are not even intelligent enough to care to know.

    June 9, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. E.C.Coleman

    Yes.........right on, phoenix 86!!!
    Agreed!!!
    The country's worst black president.....doubt that there will be another one after this fiasco...........

    Voters were told that obama was inexperienced, unqualified and possibly not born in the U.S.
    People didn't find out much about him during the campaign, and what voters didn't know Then.....voters do NOT Know NOW!!!!

    This is a Hard Lesson for those who faithfully supported this fraud of a person and spent their hard earned money getting him elected.....
    Never again.............

    June 9, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Leslie

    Hussein Obama, you're ALL talk ZERO on substance! You're like a BULLSHEIT machine keep on spitting CRAP! You're star have faded!

    June 9, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    Some days I'm actually thankful for phoenix86, RealityKing, and WillyBrown.
    When I see the ridiculous stuff they spew without any type of constructive suggestions, I see that they and others like them will not regain power because they are bereft of any positive ideas.

    June 9, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. E.C.Coleman

    Time for .......................NAAWP!!!

    National Association for Advancement of White People,

    don't you obamaniacs think???

    Then, the chosen loser could address it, too!

    June 9, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    With Schumer and Rangel there too, it sounds like the door outside the grand jury room of the future.

    June 9, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. My president is BLACK

    Its funny reading these comments full of hate and at the same time hear white people say racism dosent exist

    June 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Zero.

    Hi CNN... Gottya....

    June 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. LOL

    @Demwit

    I think you should ask the question to George W. Bush, he's the one historians call the 7th Worst President Ever.

    Obama 2012

    June 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Give Him Time Shirley

    Dear Shirley,

    President Obama did the absolute right thing by nominating Sonja Sotomayer. Everyone expected him to select a black woman first, and he didn't, which was great. He has plenty of time to appoint a black women, orange woman, green woman. He can't do everything at once. Give him time.

    What I think is remarkable is that he appointed a woman, period. I think he will be the first president in history who will appoint two or three women. The man is a visionary and all I can say is "just you wait. This man is WAY ahead of you and me, you'll see. Just you wait.

    June 9, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. I am The Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    matt @ 5:56: Spoken like a true rushpublican, er loser, that is.

    June 9, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. David

    I love how white conservatives act as if minority groups such as the NAACP are a racist platform while forgetting the reason these organizations exist in the first place is because WHITE conservatives did all they could to ensure minorities had as little rights as possible.

    To every person who thinks there is a problem with the President speaking at the NAACP: you are what's wrong with this world.

    June 9, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. mjm

    I'll bet you $787 billion it will be historic!

    Talk is always cheap...Until PayGo finds a way to tax it.

    June 9, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. RayinIN

    Cali J June 9th, 2009 5:24 pm ET

    Surprise Surprise
    BHO at NAACP? who would have thunk it?
    It's time to pay up for the votes.
    Next stop ACORN, Then on to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the the UAW, Etc.
    PS: Has BHO been to a state that he didn't carry yet? Hmmmmm
    -----------------------------
    Man...all that stupid concentrated into one person. Amazing.

    June 9, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Will Michael Steele be crakin wise to President Obama all up in his face???

    June 9, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. I WILL DEFEND BO

    CNN please post – TO: No to Obama – let me explain a lil something to ya. For hundreds of years white people never accepted a baby who was born because of a rape from a white man to a black woman because the whites didn't think the child was good enough to be considered white or bi-racial. Now, we have among us one of the best presidents this country has ever had who happens to have had a black father & white mother. So now you're not satisfied because he says he African American, well guess what he IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN. His father was African & his mother was white. And as far as color is concern the President's skin isn't neither black or white but gold, BLACK GOLD.

    June 9, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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