NAACP Undecided for 2016 Convention Site, Dismisses Rumors
James Wright | 8/2/2014, 2:31 p.m.
This year's NAACP convention in Las Vegas was abuzz with talk that Baltimore will be the 2016 convention site — but not so fast, the famed civil rights organization says.
Many leaders in Baltimore, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), expressed excitement that the city would host the convention, which attracts thousands of people from across the globe and millions in revenue for its host city.
"We are honored that the NAACP has named Baltimore as the host of the 2016 annual convention," Rawlings-Blake said July 23, noting that Baltimore is the headquarters for the NAACP.
However, the NAACP released a statement Thursday claiming no decision has been made.
"The National Board of the NAACP is continuing consideration of the location of our 2016 convention," the statement said. "During our recently concluded convention, the Convention Time and Place Committee met and heard presentations from four cities: Austin; Baltimore, Cincinnati and St. Louis, who are vying to host the 2016 convention. The selection process will include site visits, consultations and recommendations to the board of directors prior to a final decision being made."
The statement concluded by saying that a recommendation will be made to the organization's executive committee in October.
Next year's convention will be held in Philadelphia.