March 5, 1993 |
To: Journalists and Pundits From: Media Central Re: NAACP This memo is prompted by the news that more than 75 people have applied to replace Benjamin Hooks as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the speculation that Jesse Jackson is a leading candidate for the job. Jackson's interest and the avalanche of applications mean we who control the media must try harder to reinforce the...
July 11, 2004 |
It's not by luck or accident that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation's oldest and still most viable civil-rights organization. And it is fitting that the NAACP chose Philadelphia as the site of this year's national convention, which opened yesterday and marks its 95th year of existence. Why is it fitting? Because Philadelphia, a city rich in American history, also is rich in black history. It's one of the focal points of the civil-rights movement, a place where much of the struggle began to allow Americans of African descent to benefit equally in the principals that define this nation.
March 18, 2009 |
The Gloucester County NAACP, after several years of inactivity, announced this week it would review the county prosecutor's handling of several incidents involving African American residents. Phillip S. Warner, who took over as chapter president in January, recently reached out to Charles Tyson, who received death threats after being elected mayor of South Harrison, and Terence Jones, who was prosecuted for filing a false police report after he complained he was racially profiled in a motor vehicle stop.
January 8, 1999 |
Saying the criminal justice system "affixed its seal of approval to the execution of Donta Dawson," the NAACP yesterday blasted a judge's decision to drop manslaughter charges against former police officer Christopher DiPasquale. Now the NAACP wants to block DiPasquale's efforts to be returned to his job. "The ruling by a Municipal Court judge to drop all criminal charges against the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old young man effectively cheapened the lives of every black man in Philadelphia," said local NAACP President J. Whyatt Mondesire.
February 12, 2009 |
It began before it began. This was in 1905, when the great black scholar W.E.B. DuBois called a meeting of prominent black men. They met on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, because hotels in their own country would not accommodate them, and formed what became known as the Niagara Movement. The movement, which held a subsequent meeting at Harper's Ferry, W. Va., issued a statement that said in part, "We claim for ourselves every single right that belongs to a freeborn American, political, civil and social; and until we get these rights we will never cease to protest and assail the ears of America.
July 6, 1987 |
NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks opened the 78th annual NAACP convention yesterday with a vow that the organization will fight the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert Bork "until hell freezes over. " In his opening remarks to 15,000 conventioneers at the New York Hilton, Hooks said, "The Supreme Court is too important to our hope of equality and justice to sit idly by and watch a whole line of civil rights victories be threatened by the appointment of an overly ideologically oriented justice.
November 30, 2006 |
Roosevelt Nesmith, 88, of Cinnaminson, a longtime president of the Southern Burlington County Branch of the NAACP, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Nov. 20 at home. Mr. Nesmith was an activist in the South Jersey civil rights community for more than 50 years, and was instrumental in the effort to establish affordable housing throughout the state. He fought against racial harassment and violence, job discrimination and school curriculums that excluded the history of minorities.
November 22, 1987 |
Members of the West Chester NAACP agreed last week that their demand to have black girls placed on the all-white West Chester Henderson High School varsity cheerleading squad by Thanksgiving is unfair to students who might be interested in trying out for the additional spots. As a result, the NAACP voted at its general meeting Thursday to request that "more than one" black girl be chosen for the varsity team by the beginning of basketball season in December. The group changed its deadline because some members argued that girls interested in trying out for the squad could not learn the necessary cheers and stunts by Thanksgiving.
July 15, 2004 |
MISSION accomplished! The NAACP convention isn't over yet, but it has already been a smashing success. All the goals have been met. The racial divide has been widened, so the existence of the organization and its leaders' roles are safe for the foreseeable future. Well done Messrs. Bond, Mfume and Street. The only downside, of course - apparently of little interest to this week's speakers - is that the interests of those who the NAACP claims to represent haven't been enhanced.
February 18, 1990 |
The Camden County branch of the NAACP has announced a boycott of Campbell Soup Co. products to protest the company's decision to close its Camden processing plant next month, costing nearly 900 jobs. The Rev. William L. King, the group's president, said he would urge members and their supporters to not buy soup or other products sold by the company. "This is in response to the imminent closing of the Camden plant and the apparent reneging of the company's plan to build world headquarters in Camden," King said in an interview Friday.