Each year the National Federation of the Blind holds its national convention in the summer. More than 3,000 delegates participate from across the United States as well as many foreign countries.
At these conventions, Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, gives an annual presidential report and banquet address. In years past Kenneth Jernigan, formerly President, gave the presidential report and banquet address. Below you will find links to a collection of these banquet addresses, presidential reports, resolutions adopted by the conventions, and presidential releases.
To listen to the banquet speeches, you can click here to download a free version of Windows Media Player from the Windows Media Player Website.
To listen to audio highlights from past conventions, visit our national convention highlights page.
National Convention Banquet Speeches
Without a doubt, the banquet speech is the highlight of each year's national convention. In addition, there are a few other signal convention speeches which are so monumental that they have often been confused for banquet speeches (such as "The Nature of Independence").
National Convention Presidential Reports
The presidential reports offer a concise historical record of the National Federation of the Blind's powerful movement from year to year. The reports since 1990 are available online.
National Convention Resolutions
The policies of the Federation are established by resolutions adopted by the national convention.