HIGH POINT, N.C.-- There was a big announcement for the city of High Point Thursday as the NAACP decided to hold its 68th Annual State convention in High Point this year. The event is expected to draw hundreds of people from across North Carolina.
"Grassroots and volunteers who are committed to the principles of civil rights and justice, to anti-racism and anti-poverty agenda," said N.C. NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.
High Point is a city that's no stranger to the fight over civil rights.
"It's fitting that we would remember that the fight for justice and freedom is never over and it's never free,” Barber said.
The annual gathering is the largest in the South and second largest NAACP Conference in the nation and will focus on economic development, health, voting rights, education, criminal justice and redistricting.
"We will bring lawyers from across this state and a civil rights leaders and we will have financial literacy and economic justice programs at one of the local churches in the community," Barber added.
As many as 1,500 people are expected to attend this years conference. Many of them will be eating in restaurants and staying in the hotels.
"That's huge for the city to bring in all those people and outside money coming in is what we want. It's going to be great," said Alison Bice of the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The conference is set to take place October 13 - 15 using a number of buildings from the Best Western PLUS, to the High Point Theater and the International Home Furnishings Center
"It's just a great location for them, for the groups. Everything's just really close together here in High Point, everything's just going to be great," said NAACP State Convention Planner, Daphne Holmes-Johnson.
If you would like to attend this year's convention, you're asked to register on the state's NAACP website.
To register for the event, click here.