San Diego NAACP


The 2018 San Diego ACT-SO Showcase is Complete!

The 2018 ACT-SO Showcase was a grand success. A total of five Olympians did their best in six different competitions. The twelve judges awarded a Gold, a Silver, two Bronzes and four Honorable Mentions. For more information, visit our Showcase page.

The 2018 NAACP San Diego ACT-SO Awards Ceremony

6:00pm, Thursday, May 3, at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue

We will be awarding 8 certificates and scholarships totaling $1400 to our five Olympians, and we will be providing information about the 2018 ACT-SO National Competition, to which one of our Olympians has earned the right to go! Come show our young people how proud you are of them. While this will also be an NAACP General Membership meeting, all people are welcome, whether or not you are NAACP members!

Keep up with ACT-SO!

Visit our new Calendar page for up-to-date info on who, what, where and when!

What is ACT-SO?

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. (For a very brief description of each category, please see our Categories page.)

For forty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.

Yeah, but SPECIFICALLY What is ACT-SO?

Students will, over the course of the school year, prepare a scientific paper, a play, an essay or other academic work (for a full listing, see our Categories page.) The NAACP will provide mentorship and assistance all along the way. At the end of the school year (specifically, April 21st, 2018) there will be a local showcase of student work, with expert judges. Work that achieves the highest standard will get student a spot in the national ACT-SO competition in San Antonio, July 12-15th. The NAACP will help defray travel expenses.

The Goals of ACT-SO are:

  • To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic excellence.
  • To recognize creative talent and academic achievement.
  • To provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.

For more information on ACT-SO:

Come meet us at any of our events!

Download our flyer.

Review this beautiful journal about last summer's competition.

Visit the National ACT-SO website.

Read the letter from Dr André J Branch, President of the San Diego NAACP to local schools.


Send an email to our Committee,, and we will get you answers!

For more information the the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit our website.

We are delighted to have the San Diego Union Tribune and Deep Soul Sound Productions as sponsors for this year's ACT-SO Showcase!