The 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth is also the 100th anniversary of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples).
Some wonder whether or not organizations such as NAACP are necessary. It depends on whether or not the impact of bigotry, prejudice and institutionalized racism represent problems already solved. Events in Jasper, Tulia and Paris, Texas tell us that's not true. Violence against minorities after the election of the first black President tell us that's not true. The need for more work within our communities in education, unemployment, politics, business and justice tell us that its not true.
The NAACP, through the work of stalwart leadership from, Walter White, Roy Wilkins, W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Ben Hooks, Merlie Evers deserves to be remembered. And now the history to be forged by new national president Ben Jealous, continues a vital legacy in the American experience for another century. From the fight for ant-lynching laws, to Brown v. Board of Education, to fights that have liberated the ambitions of colored peoples in suites, boardrooms, court rooms and the streets the NAACPs victories are the capstone of the fight for freedom in our country.
Happy 100th Anniversary NAACP