NAACP ACT-SO Competition

ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) is the major youth initiative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded for youth of African descent, ACT-SO provides a forum through which the students demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes. ACT-SO is rooted in the firm conviction that all students can succeed and compete at the same or superior levels as their counterparts in classrooms, boardrooms and laboratories across this nation and abroad.

Students can select up to three competitions from a total of 32 offerings in STEM, Business, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Culinary Arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated in the program since its inception.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) would like to partner with the your school by asking you to encourage your students to participate in the Atlanta Branch's Academic, Cultural, Technology, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition.  The NAACP will hold its Annual National Convention July 21- 24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan and the ACT-SO Competition will be held July 18- 21, 2019.  We are asking you to assist us with this event by sharing the information with your students.

This year’s local competition will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, 1500 Norman Drive, College Park, Georgia.  The Awards Ceremony will be held the same day and place after the competition is over. 


Email completed applications to or mail them to Dr. Martha W. Plowden, 3104 Topaz Lane, S. W., Atlanta, Georgia 30331. Once received,  each student will be emailed the criteria for each of their selected area of competition.


Thanking you in advance for your support of our students and the Atlanta Branch NAACP’s ACT-SO Competition.