Obama addresses NAACP July 12
First lady Michelle Obama will address the NAACP’s 101st annual convention on July 12.
The group’s national and local organizers had hoped President Barack Obama would attend the six-day gathering in Kansas City.
However, the president is scheduled to headline a fundraiser in Kansas City for Democratic Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan. The fundraiser takes place July 8, two days before the NAACP convenes here.
The national convention is expected to draw more than 10,000 delegates and attendees to the convention center.
“As the host city for this year’s convention, it is exciting to have the first lady attend our annual convention,” said Anita Russell, head of the Kansas City chapter of the NAACP.
Michelle Obama has become a leading advocate for healthful eating and the fight against childhood obesity. She will address delegates on the third day of the convention and will focus on her “Let’s Move” campaign, which focuses on exercise and good food choices for children.
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said in a statement that during the convention his group would unveil its own health care and advocacy efforts to address health problems in urban communities. To reach Glenn E. Rice, send e-mail to email@example.com.