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  • Justice for Blacks should be same as for Whites

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO|Apr 20, 2023

    On the evening of Thursday, April 13, an unarmed Black teen named Ralph Yarl was shot in cold blood by a white homeowner for ringing the wrong doorbell. The crime was clear. The prejudice was obvious. Yet, it took a national outcry for action to force prosecutors to seek justice for a Black person the same way they would a white person. This injustice cannot stand: the NAACP is calling on Congress to pass immediate law enforcement reform to ensure ALL Americans are swiftly served and protected...

  • NAACP Take Steps to Root Out Gun Violence

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President|Jul 7, 2022

    This Independence Day, just as the nation was processing our horror of the vicious murder of Jayland Walker by Akron police, our hearts were dealt more devastating news as those in Highland Park were terrorized, shot, and killed while celebrating our nation's liberty. We are heartbroken, we are furious, and we WILL NOT remain silent as gun violence, whether at the hands of police or a mass shooter, threatens precious lives. The NAACP is taking IMMEDIATE steps to address the roots of gun...

  • NAACP Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Strongly Support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President CEO|Mar 31, 2022

    Today, the NAACP sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, strongly urging support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. After a review of her civil rights record and rulings, the NAACP noted that "Judge Jackson is an extraordinarily well-qualified candidate with an exceptionally diverse background. Her presence on the Court will help advance our common goal of providing equal justice to all." "This is a history-making appointment...

  • Demand Voting Rights

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President|Jan 13, 2022

    I’m writing to you from Atlanta, where moments ago I met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The topic at hand was voting rights, and NAACP’s demand was quite straight forward: We need to see outcomes. For the sake of our democracy in 2022, there is absolutely nothing more urgent than passing sweeping voting rights legislation. And I say this now, directly to Congress: the clock has run out on excuses, partisanship, and the blatant disregard of American voters. This is a pivotal midterm election year, yet across this nat...

  • American democracy's infrastructure is crumbling

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO|Aug 12, 2021

    (CNN)With the relentless wave of voter suppression bills crashing over America, it is deeply disturbing that voting rights are still not regarded by some as a foundational pillar of our nation's infrastructure. Especially now, as our democracy's infrastructure is crumbling. President Joe Biden calls the sweeping bipartisan infrastructure package under consideration by Congress a signal to the world that "our democracy can function, deliver, and do big things." However, for our democracy to funct...

  • Some things should never be so Black and white

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO|May 20, 2021

    Next week will mark one year since George Floyd was murdered by former police officer, Derek Chauvin. While his death sparked worldwide outrage, protests, and much needed discussions about our nation's systemic inequities, a recent NPR poll suggests that white and Black Americans still have very different views on race and policing. According to the poll, 61 percent of Black Americans believe that local police treat people of color more harshly than white people. Only a quarter of white...

  • An attack on one is an attack on all

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President CEO|Mar 18, 2021

    Tuesday night's string of attacks at Atlanta day spas is yet another disgusting and disturbing example of how the spread of domestic terrorism has been allowed to torment minority communities. There have been prominent voices promoting this virulent hate speech before, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and parallel rise of misinformation has intensified these attacks. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been over 3,000 recorded hate incidents against the Asian American community,...

  • Still fighting forward

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP CEO and President|Dec 31, 2020

    Friend, This year could have taken away everything. 2020 reminded us that we've only come so far. It was a year that threatened decades of progress, and rather than accept it, you decided to fight. You persisted, mobilized your neighbors, used your voice, and most importantly, used your vote. Together, we organized. We inspired. We challenged racism in our communities, in the courts, in the White House – and we won. Never forget, we were triumphant because of you. Your support, your d...

  • NAACP LAUNCHES WEBSITE AHEAD OF 2020 VIRTUAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP CEO|Aug 13, 2020

    Special website for virtual march on 57th anniversary of "I Have a Dream" speech to advance a bold Black agenda; honor the legacy of John Lewis; mobilize the vote BALTIMORE - Today, the NAACP officially launched a new special website (2020march.com) for the 2020 Virtual March on Washington, which is being organized in partnership with National Action Network and a coalition of civil rights partners-along with Martin Luther King, III and the families of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Ahmaud...

  • NAACP CONDEMNS BRAZEN POLITICAL ACTION OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP CEO|Apr 16, 2020

    The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the Treasury Department's announcement that Donald Trump's name would be printed on stimulus checks sent to millions of Americans impacted by the coronavirus. "The NAACP condemns this unprecedented and brazenly political action of the Treasury Department. It will delay millions of people from receiving the initial economic relief that is needed during this national crisis. Any postponement of the distribution of funds is shameful; to do so, for...

  • ANOTHER WIN FOR VOTERS

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President CEO|Sep 26, 2019

    A "complex and punitive regulatory scheme." These are the words a federal judge used this past week when she issued an injunction to stop implementation of a Tennessee law that would have made voter registration drives unnecessarily burdensome. The ruling was in response to lawsuits supported by the NAACP's Tennessee State Conference that challenged the law for what it is-state-sanctioned voter suppression. This victory is a major win in our ongoing fight to protect Black voters and voters from...

  • Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

    Derrick Johnson, President CEO NAACP|Aug 22, 2019

    History commonly and most often points to late August in the year 1619 when some "20 and odd Negroes" originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now the United States. This nation and its wealth was built through forced labor and the very existence of Black men and women. It's truly ironic that as this country celebrates 400 years of democracy, the Black community is still fighting for equal rights, justice and freedom. The century that followed...

  • NAACP Slams Trump Administration and Calls for End to Government Shutdown

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President CEO|Jan 17, 2019

    In a statement released last week the NAACP called on the White House and Congress to work swiftly to bring an end to the current, partial shutdown of the federal government in a way that does not compromise the integrity of the nation. As the NAACP noted, "It's unconscionable that Americans are forced to suffer the brunt and being held as political hostages because of President Trump's unreasonable pursuit for a border wall we simply can't afford and don't need." The organization highlighted...

  • MLK50: Fifty Years after Kerner and King, Racism Still Matters

    Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO|Apr 5, 2018

    On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., NAACP President Derrick Johnson talks about Dr. King's assassination and the Kerner Commission." Segregation and poverty have created in the racial ghetto a destructive environment totally unknown to most white Americans. What white Americans have never fully understood but what the Negro can never forget-is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions...

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