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You Can Go Home to Canvass!

This past weekend, NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock returned to her hometown of Ft. Pierce, Florida for a Get-Out-The-Vote canvass sponsored by the NAACP and coordinated with Tamika Mallory, Executive Director at the National Action Network. Volunteers from the local chapters knocked on over 300 doors to ensure that everyone in the town was encouraged to vote on Election Day and make their voice heard.  Chairman Brock returned to her hometown because it is important to her that the people there know that their vote matters this election season.

On Election Day, please remember to go out and vote because as Chairman Brock says,  “Courage can not skip this generation!”

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The Face of Hope – Chairman’s Keynote Address – Public Mass Meeting- 103rd NAACP Annual Convention

The Face Of Hope
“But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and I offer no apologies for my race or for my color.”

Chairman Roslyn M. Brock addresses the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention

Thank you Vivica! Wow! I am humbled by that introduction – humbled and inspired to do even more to implement the NAACP’s agenda with a sense of urgency.

The standard thing to say when you are introduced by a nine-year old is, “She is our future!” But here she is now, right in the present. When I look at Vivica, I am confident that courage will not skip her generation. Let’s give her another huge round of applause.

Officers and members of the NAACP National Board, President/CEO
Jealous, national office staff, delegates, observers and friends of the
NAACP, welcome to Houston, Texas and the opening session of the 103rd
Annual Convention.

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Justice for Trayvon Rally: Chairman Roslyn M. Brock’s Address

My Rally Jacket Comes Out of the Closet – December 10!

By L. Joy Williams

I have friends who make rallies and marches their hobby. They are experts in sign making and have special clothing including jackets with buttons that tell the story of every rally and protest they have ever participated in. I on the other hand have long ago packed away my protest jacket. Not because I disagree with the goals and merits of rallies and protests but simply because I have chosen a different path of civic action. But this Saturday, I will pull my protest jacket out of storage, put on some comfortable shoes and hit the streets to protest what is the greatest coordinated attack on voting rights since the dawn of the Jim Crow era.

Just this year alone, 34 state legislators have introduced voter suppression legislation with laws passing in 14 of those states and laws up for consideration soon in 8. New state laws such as voter ID requirements and eliminating or cutting early voting opportunities disproportionately impact people of color, students, seniors and immigrants. None of this is by accident. The attack on your right to vote has been guided by Charles and David Koch through their funding of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) who has convinced legislators to propose these oppressive laws. The Koch brothers have also contributed close to a quarter million dollars directly to candidates that support the suppression legislation.

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Shirley Chisholm’s Birthday Wish

By Glynda C. Carr

Almost 40 years ago, Shirley Chisholm boldly declared her candidacy for president and changed the face of leadership by challenging the status quo. She once said, “I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change.”  She made an enormous impact on women (particularly Black women) and the way they perceived political power and leadership.

If she were alive today, November 30th would mark Chisholm’s 87th birthday.  A daughter of immigrants – who not only aspired to transform her community but a nation – became the quintessential leader that inspired a generation of women to think and lead boldly.

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Get HYPE: Engaging Young People to Live Healthy

By Morgan Shannon and Jonathan Lewis

“Virginia, I want you to know that you are not invisible because I see You” – Chairman Roslyn M. Brock.

During this year’s NAACP convention, the Health Department created a “tag line” for their youth workshop entitled, Get HYPE- Healthy Young People Everywhereas a unique way to attract young health advocates and present our national health initiatives. Based on the positive feedback, we decided to expand the workshop to a national college tour designed to engage young advocates attending universities in conversations around health and civil rights. The featured speaker on this tour was our own health advocate, Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. The Chairman spoke to students on the campuses of Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and her alma mater Virginia Union University (VUU) on Monday, November 7, 2011.

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Race, Sex and Power: Anita Hill 20 Years Later

By Glynda C. Carr

On October 11, 1991, 35 year-old Professor Anita Hill appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testified that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her.  During Professor Hill’s testimony, she proclaimed, “It would have been more comfortable to remain silent. I took no initiative to inform anyone. But, when I was asked by a representative of this committee to report my experience, I felt that I had to tell the truth. I could not keep silent.”

The Hill-Thomas hearings launched an emotionally-charged public debate on race and gender and catapulted the issue of workplace sexual harassment into the public dialogue.

Although there was some blatant opposition from civil rights groups including the NAACP on the appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, there was also a strong belief by some in the African American community that Professor Hill and her allegations (true or not) would stand in the way of ensuring that an African American man would continue serving on the country’s highest court.

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