NAACP to bring national convention to Boston in 2020

The NAACP announced today that Boston will host the group's 111th national convention in 2020.

"Boston is home to one of the association’s earliest conferences in 1911 and the Boston Branch remains one of the strongest branches in the nation," the NAACP announced on its website.

The news was hailed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in a statement issued this afternoon.

“I’m incredibly proud that the City of Boston has been selected to host the 2020 NAACP Convention,” said Mayor Walsh. “This is a real testament to Boston’s commitment to achieving racial equity for all and becoming a place that is more inclusive of everyone. I look forward to working with our partners to make this event an incredible success, and invite all of our city to join me in letting our country’s top leaders on issues of race, equity and justice know how welcome they will be in Boston.”

In his State of the City speech in January, Walsh had announced that Boston was a finalist for the 2020 convention and asked Bostonians to "join me here tonight in letting the NAACP know how welcome they will be in Boston."