More than 350 people will gather at the Grand Sandestin Hotel from all over the nation this weekend for the annual NAACP Leadership 500 Summit.
Leaders say the main point of the summit will be to inspire the next generation of young African-American men and women to take over in the organization where their parents and grandparents left off.
The NAACP is currently dealing with America's healthcare crisis, inadequate public education, and obesity amongst African-American women, just to name a few issues.
One of this weekend's panels will deal with society's perception of African-American men.
The panel is open to the public and will be televised on C-Span.
The summit starts Thursday with a presentation by NAACP Leader Julian Bond on the Civil Rights Movement: Then and Now.
Events will continue until Sunday morning.
Other notable speakers will include high ranking members of the Democratic and Republican national parties, journalists, activists, business leaders and many more.