$10.5M at Stake in Baltimore’s Failed NAACP Convention Bid

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Cincinnati, photo by Keith Lanser

It’s mighty embarrassing that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is leaning toward Cincinnati for the site of its 2016 convention after Baltimore thought it had the bid all wrapped up. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had even released a statement claiming “events like” the NAACP convention show that “Baltimore is truly a world-class destination, and prove that we are quickly becoming one of the nation’s cornerstones for tourism.” But even worse is the $10.5 million in economic impact we’ll be missing out on.

The NAACP said that it’s going with Cincinnati assuming nothing weird comes up during a site visit in early November. So at this point our only hope is sabotage. I’m thinking a comedy of errors that culminates in the convention site’s sprinkler system going off randomly and soaking everyone’s business attire.


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