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Former President Bill Clinton returning to San Antonio for historic convention

Former President Clinton returning to San Antonio for historic summit

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Bill Clinton returns to San Antonio on Wednesday. Photo by John Gress/Reuters

It seems former president Bill Clinton just can't get enough of Alamo City. Just a few weeks after his mid-June appearance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton is returning for a historic convention.

On July 18, Clinton is coming back to San Antonio to attend the 109th annual NAACP National Convention, hosted this year at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. A longtime support of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the former prez will deliver remarks and introduce this winner of this year’s Spingarn Medal, the organization's highest honor, according to a news release.

Clinton will introduce Willie Brown, Jr., a native Texan who served as speaker of the house for the California State Assembly and spent two terms as mayor of San Francisco (the first African-American to hold the position). 

"[Brown is] widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, has been at the center of California politics, government, and civic life for four decades," the NAACP said in a release. "Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service, where he shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders."

Clinton will hit the stage around 7:30 pm to begin the ceremony, the capstone of the four-day affair. The convention is open to the public, and among the program highlights are speaker series, brunches, lectures, and panels.

A full schedule of the event can be found here, and though online registration is now closed, those interested in attending can do so on-site at the Gonzalez Convention Center.