About ACT-SO

Meet Vernon Jarrett

1976: Vernon Jarrett presented his concept for ACT-SO an “Olympics of the Mind” to the DuSable Museum of African American History.

1977: The NAACP Board of Directors adopted a resolution to accept ACT- SO as an official sponsored NAACP youth achievement program that would be sponsored by local NAACP units, conduct an annual local competition and bring a contingency of gold medalists to the annual National ACT-SO Competition.

1978: The first National ACT-SO competition was held in Portland, Oregon with seven cities participating: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans and St. Louis.

2004: Mr. Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO founder, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 82.

Present: ACT-SO sustains approximately 200 programs nationally. Over the past 42 (forty two)  years, over 250,000 students have participated in the program.

NAACP ACT-SO continues to promote growth, excellence and innovation to position ACT-SO competitors as “Leaders For Tomorrow and Beyond.”

Benefits of participating in ACT-SO?