NAACP picks Boston to host its 111th convention next year

The NAACP will hold its 111th national convention in Boston next year, the association announced on Monday, noting on its website that “Boston is home to one of the association’s earliest conferences in 1911 and the Boston Branch remains one of the strongest branches in the nation.”

In his State of the City speech in January, Mayor Martin Walsh, noting that Boston was a finalist for the 2020 convention, asked Bostonians to “join me here tonight in letting the NAACP know how welcome they will be in Boston.”

In a statement on Monday, Walsh said he was “incredibly proud” that Boston was selected. “This is a real testament to Boston’s commitment to achieving racial equity for all and becoming a place that is more inclusive of everyone,” Walsh said. “I look forward to working with our partners to make this event an incredible success, and invite all of our city to join me in letting our country’s top leaders on issues of race, equity, and justice know how welcome they will be in Boston.”