Representatives from seven states will attend the conference and stay at the Waverly Hotel off Galleria Parkway, with a banquet at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
“You have to advocate to get a regional convention,” said Bonner, who added Cobb County beat out Nashville and another city in North Carolina to be named as host of the event.
Bonner said it is an economic win for Cobb County that will demonstrate the contributions by African-Americans to the community. The 2012 conference in Florida drew 6,000 people.
Winning the convention is a testament to Cobb’s local civil rights achievements, she said.
“That is fighting every day for the underserved,” Bonner said.
Bonner said she expects the major topic to be the 2014 elections and the Supreme Court’s decision to recently strike down portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “Stand Your Ground” laws also could be a topic.
The NAACP’s Southeastern region includes Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Sites in South Carolina were not considered because the NAACP continues to boycott that state over its decision to keep the Confederate flag flying atop the north end of the statehouse in Columbia.
Bonner said next year’s convention is expected to draw even more people than this year’s.
“It certainly is a coup for Cobb County,” she said. “We’re the hosts, and we’re excited about it. It’s a good time to be in this region. We’ve got to work toward positive change.”