By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor,

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), an organization at the forefront of the strategic planning in the fight for justice of Black people for over a century, is hosting its 110th annual convention July 20-24 in Detroit.  

As the 2020 elections are on the minds of many, during convention, the justice fighting organization will be hosting a Presidential Candidates Forum, with a special host moderating the important discussion.  White House correspondent, political analyst and D.C. Bureau Chief at American Urban Radio Network, April Ryan, announced live on CNN that she’d be moderating the presidential forum, which will be held July 24 at 9:30 a.m.

White House correspondent April Ryan is a moderating the Presidential Candidates Forum at the 110th Annual NAACP Convention on July 24. (Courtesy Photo)

“As a media trailblazer, April Ryan is a journalist who continues to create distinguished bodies of work with an extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people in the Black community,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.  “We are honored to have her moderate our Presidential Candidates Forum and look forward to hearing the candidates address some of the most critical issues we face today.”

The Presidential Candidates Forum next Wednesday will take place at the Cobo Center.

The candidates include: 

  • Cory Booker, United States Senator
  • Joe Biden, Former United States Vice President
  • Julián Castro, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Kamala Harris, United States Senator
  • Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator
  • Beto O’Rourke, Former Member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Bernie Sanders, United States Senator
  • Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator
  • Bill Weld, Former Governor of Massachusetts

The NAACP is encouraging the public to submit a question for the candidates at

Those who can’t make the actual convention to see the forum in action can livestream the event


Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor