Hillary Clinton has been confirmed to speak at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)’s joint convention this week in Washington, D.C. The event is expected to be the largest gathering of journalists of color since 2008.
The organizations announced the Democratic presidential nominee’s appearance at the convention on Aug. 5, at noon in a Monday press release. The 2016 NABJ-NAHJ Convention will be held from Aug. 3-7, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.
“Throughout her campaign, Hillary Clinton has placed an emphasis on inclusion and has shown support for communities of color,” NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina said in the release. “Her decision to support this event further shows her commitment to diversity, and we welcome her just as we’ve welcomed President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox to previous conventions.”
Clinton’s appearance will be closed to the public and accessible only to convention attendees.
“It is notable that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has recognized the 2016 NABJ-NAHJ Convention as a vital gathering to discuss her platform and the issues impacting black and Latino communities,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said in the announcement before listing some of the notable past speakers NABJ has hosted, including presidential nominees Barack Obama, Bob Dole and Al Gore.
“We’re ecstatic to add the first woman nominee to our list.”