Clinton to speak at NAACP convention in Cincinnati

Dan Sewell

Cincinnati — Hillary Clinton will speak to the NAACP national convention in Cincinnati as the Republican National Convention is getting underway in Cleveland.

The nation’s oldest civil rights organization has its convention July 16-20. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will speak July 18.

The organization said Monday that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has also been invited to speak. His campaign didn’t respond immediately when asked whether he will.

Trump will be on the other side of Ohio for the July 18-21 party convention.

The organization expects thousands of members at its 107th annual convention, under the theme “Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count.”

“In these violent and horrifying times when a new generation is waking to call for police accountability, economic and education equality and protecting the right to vote for all people, this election marks a significant moral moment for America,” Cornell William Brooks, the NACCP president and CEO, said in a statement.

Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain each spoke in Cincinnati the last time the NAACP convened there in 2008, ahead of Obama’s general election presidential victory.

A week of politically oriented conventions in Ohio begins Friday, when the state’s legislative black caucus opens a three-day meeting in Cincinnati. State Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati and the caucus president, said there will be workshops and action plans on registering and empowering minority voters, among other topics.

She said the two overlapping conventions in Cincinnati will bring together civil rights and political leaders to combine efforts. Longtime civil rights leader and Washington political figure Vernon Jordan will be the caucus’s keynote speaker Saturday evening.

Reece said the caucus will push for legislative movement on proposed comprehensive criminal justice reforms, from body cameras for all police to changes in the grand jury system, at a time when people across the nation are losing confidence in the justice system and are calling for action.

“Ohio can be a leader,” she said.