NAACP to hold 2016 national convention in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - The NAACP says it will hold its 2016 national convention in Baltimore.

Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore branch of the civil rights organization, said in an email on Wednesday that the national board, meeting this week in Las Vegas, selected Baltimore as the site.

The organization has been headquartered in Baltimore since 1986.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued the following statement on the announcement:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement regarding the NAACP's decision to host their 2016 Annual Convention in Baltimore City:

"We are honored that the NAACP has named Baltimore the host for their 2016 Annual Convention. Baltimore's rich African American heritage and culture is celebrated and laced throughout the fabric of our city, and the NAACP's own proud legacy is thriving in Baltimore City today.

"Our NAACP branch is among the first established in the nation, and the NAACP's official headquarters on Mount Hope Drive has called Baltimore "home" since 1986. Events like this further showcase that Baltimore is truly a world-class destination, and prove that we are quickly becoming one of the nation's cornerstones for tourism. On behalf on my administration and the people of Baltimore, we're delighted to bring the NAACP 2016 Convention home!"

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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