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by Allen J. Sheinman | February 24, 2011

The list

Just in time, before Black History Month comes to an end, here are the 10 largest conventions geared to the concerns of African Americans. Numbers in parentheses refer to attendance in 2009.

1. National Baptist Convention (55,000)
2. Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order, Nobles Mystic Shrine Annual Convention (15,000)
3. National Black MBA Association Annual Conference (15,000)
4. Gospel Music Workshop of America Annual Workshop (15,000-20,000)
5. Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Conference (10,000)
6. Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annual Convention (10,000)
7. NAACP Annual Convention (9,000)
8. Church of God in Christ (8,500)
9. National Association of Black Engineers Annual Convention (c. 8,000)
10. National Minority Supply Development Council Annual Convention (7,000)

Source: Michael Bennett, Black Meetings & Tourism, blackmeetingsandtourism.com