Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will serve as the keynote speaker on Monday, July 24 for the Clarence Mitchell Jr. Memorial Luncheon in Baltimore.
Holder’s engagement lists among a slate of lectures, workshops and presentations to be held July 22-26 at the NAACP’s 108th National Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Holder will address the growing issue of how voting districts are drawn with partisan intentions to dilute actual voting power. This issue is of particular importance to communities of color due to the rise of newer strategies for voter suppression, spurred on by the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act.
An analysis from The Associated Press reveals that there are “four times as many states with Republican-skewed state House or Assembly districts than Democratic districts. The analysis also found that among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress, there were nearly three times as many with Republican-tilted U.S. House districts.
In addition to Holder, other speakers for the various convention events include Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, NAACP Board of Directors Chair Leon Russell and NAACP Advocacy Director Hilary Shelton.