Blog — ACT-SO

ACT-SO Olympian Profile - Why Do You ACT-SO?

We caught up with our #ACTSO olympians at the NAACP Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

ACT - SO / NAACP State Student Orientation (Rowan University)

ACT-SO's local orientation was welcomed at Rowan University.

NAACP Black History Month Events


For Black History Month, the NAACP Digital Media team has composed a list of events to commemorate our history.

Social Media:

  • NAACP will feature daily #BHM2015 historical posts on Facebook and Twitter, focusing on women who have made great contributions to society. You are encouraged to share the daily posts on your social media.

  • A tribute cover photo on Facebook during black history month will feature the faces eight iconic women from past and present--with one woman representing the future of the NAACP, Jazminique Holley, president of the Missouri Youth and College division.  

  • #AskCWB: During February, Instagram users are to submit a 15 second video using the hashtag #AskCWB, NAACP President/CEO Brooks will answer questions with a response video on Instagram.


  • Feb. 2, we launch our Black History Month Scavenger Hunt--with clues derived from the daily social media content. Text HISTORY to 62227 to join in, standard text messaging rates apply.

NAACPConnect Google Hangout on Air Schedule, in conjunction with PBS Black Culture Connection:

Feb. 3, 4pm ET - Image Awards - Artists and Activism Google Hangout on Air featuring MC Lyte: Legendary artist, activist and philanthropist MC Lyte joins us to discuss the importance of artists taking part in activism. Michelle Nealy (Hope Scholarship) is hosting and Nicole Kenney will be joining in the conversation. Join the conversation too using the hashtag: #AskMCLyte.

The 46th NAACP Image Awards airs live, Feb. 6 8pm ET on TV One. For more information, click here.

Feb. 17, 8pm ET--Beyond the Hashtag: Next Moves for Action Google Hangout on Air: Jazminique Holley, St. Louis NAACP college chapter leader will be discussing local college student work in Ferguson, Shekira Dennis from Houston Justice will discuss her action with their grand jury project. Author and activist Shaun King (Daily Kos, The Power of 100)  is joining us to provide insight about the importance of digital activism. Sammie Dow, NAACP Director of Youth College Division is hosting. Join the conversation using the hashtag: #BeyondTheHashtag.

Feb 24, 8pm ET--The Movement: Sounds of Revolution Google Hangout on Air: Kevin P. Turner, Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham music instructor/director will be breaking down the history of religion and art’s part in the Civil Rights Movement, with live demonstrations. ACT-SO musicians/poets are also taking part, reciting original and historical literature. ACT-SO National Director, Larry Brown Jr. will be hosting. Join the conversation using the hashtag: #SoundsOfRevolution.

Washington, DC area #InstaMeet--#NAACPMeet:

  • Feb. 28 #NAACPMeet: In coordination with Instagram and Facebook, we will meet on the final day of Black History Month at a historical Black history site in Washington, DC. To RSVP and receive the secret location, click here.

Contact your local NAACP branch or chapter for events in your area.


Why I ACT-SO - Alfred Dudley

We caught up with Alfred Dudley III at this year's NAACP Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Dominique Phillips: Why I ACT-SO

We caught up with Dominique Phillips at #NAACP105. Why do you #ACTSO?

Korie Richardson—Why I ACT-SO

We caught up with ACT-SO dancer, Korie Richardson at #NAACP105.

2014 NAACP ACT-SO Awards Show

2014 NAACP ACTO-SO Awards Show featuring McClain.

2014 ACT-SO Re-cap



The crowd was electrified at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV during the 2014 NAACP ACT-SO Awards Show. Bresha Webb hosted the program, keeping the audience energized. There was an amazing tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou, based on her legendary poem, I Rise. R&B/pop group, McLain's performance included an ode to hip-hop legends TLC. The show concluded with the crowd participating in a sing-along of Pharell's Happy.

Follow NAACPConnect on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for ACT-SO videos and photos of the participants.

We are pleased to announce our 2014 NAACP ACT-SO medalists. Click here for the full list.

NAACP ACT-SO Begins, Set for Vegas Competition and Awards Show

NAACP ACT-SO is kicking off at the 105th NAACP National Convention this week, taking charge of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Rehearsals began Thursday July 17 with youth from around the country gathering around the hotel's convention center, preparing to show off their talent. To kick-off the event, an opening ceremony is being held Thursday night.

The National ACT-SO competition is being held Friday July 18, featuring music, oratory, science, dance, writing, filmmaking and entrepreneurship categories, to name a few, are held throughout the afternoon. The science and visual arts viewing begins at 6pm. Both events are open to the general public. A talent showcase and social event will also be held for ACT-SO participants.

Saturday’s competition will include a culinary portion at 7am with special celebrity guest judges and a Masters class, beginning at 9am.

ACT-SO 2014 will culminate on Sunday, 1pm with an awards ceremony featuring the R&B/pop group, McClain. Participants of the awards show are asked to post selfies during the show using the hashtag #ACTSOSelfie. Some of the best photos will be shared on NAACPConnect social media throughout the weekend.

View the entire 105th NAACP Annual Convention program schedule here or download the convention app on Google Play or iTunes.

Follow @NAACPConnect on Twitter, Google +, Facebook and Instagram for updates and live tweeting during ACT-SO events.

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