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In the Christian Bible, there is a verse, describing a forerunner, which simply says “There was a man named John.” We have now learned that a man named John Hope Franklin, who has been a gift to the entire world, a forerunner in the struggle for freedom, has now slipped gracefully into the hands of God. We, who knew Dr. Franklin, referred to him with the greatest respect because of the truth he told about our history which continually gave us hope that if we own the past we could correct our tomorrows.
UpdateMarch 25, 2009: NC Attorney General Roy Cooper attended People of Color Lobby Day at the State Legislature with NC NAACP activists to announce he is filing a "friend of the court brief" in Supreme Court voting rights case. See Associated Press coverage.The NC NAACP release can be found at the end of this article.
The U.S. Supreme Court's latest interpretation of the Voting Rights Act is a "direct blow" to the state's efforts to heal the "racist wounds of the past," the NC NAACP says. In a 5-4 decision March 9, 2009, the high court ruled that the Voting Rights Act does not apply to legislative districts that are less than 50 percent
minority. The decision means that a congressional district in the Wilmington area will have to be redrawn and that minorities could lose representation. See coverage in the Raleigh News and Observer.
Building manure-based power plants in rural areas would expose blacks and poor people to arsenic and other pollutants, the NC NAACP contends. ""Everyone wants jobs, but you have to be against a job that on the back
end may bring disease," said William Barber II, president of the state
NAACP. "I guarantee you if they attempted to put it in a suburban
community or a higher-income area, it would be an all-out fight against
it." Read the story.
The above cartoon from The New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch, has sparked an avalanche of protest nationally. NAACP leaders in five North Carolina cities with Fox affiliates, also owned by Murdoch -- Charlotte, Durham, Wilmington, High Point, and Morehead City -- gathered at the stations on Feb. 27 to ask their general managers to join the protest.
The NC NAACP has played an integral role in exposing a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct in North Carolina, as exemplified by the case against James Johnson of Wilson, NC. Learn more at www.ncprosecutorialmisconduct.com.
Update: News Coverage"A Century of Success" -- "In Fayetteville, in the shadow of the Market House where slaves were once sold, the NAACP celebrated the 100th anniversary of the NAACP." Click.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. A multi-racial group of activists answered ''The Call'' for a national conference in response to a vicious episode of white racist violence against Black people in Mr. Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Illinois. The racist attack came 10 years after the prototype of such attacks, the ugly racist coup d'etat in Wilmington, N.C. in 1898. The Wilmington terrorism had been condoned and covered over by racist histories, and no one was brought to justice for it. This set the stage, throughout the next decade for similar attacks across the South. When these pogroms reached Lincoln's hometown, it sparked enough outrage among some white progressives to put out a call to action which said, in part:
“We must say to folks in the state of North Carolina whom we love and
have great respect for that you will not ride the coattail of a
president of change and then keep doing business the same old way,”
Rev. William Barber, the president of the N.C. NAACP, told the organization's winter conference and humanitarian banquet in Durham. Watch video clip from News 14. Read Fayetteville Observer's report on a press conference at the NC General Assembly
FayettevilleObserver.com: Despite the historic election of Barack Obama, the lingering presence
of racism, injustice and inequity means that the NAACP’s social activism
work must go on, William Barber told the 69th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner in Fayetteville. Read more.
I stand here
today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have
bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words
have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters
of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds
and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply
because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we
the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and
true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our
nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and
hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and
irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure
to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have
been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too
costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence
that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our
Ben Jealous, national NAACP President, in a Fayetteville Observer column: "...While the country has allowed individuals to permeate the barriers
of discrimination, entire groups of people are still locked out of the
American dream because of race.
"Our corporate board rooms are quietly segregated. A report released
last week by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California
at Los Angeles reveals that blacks and Hispanics are more isolated from
white students than at any time since the civil rights movement, and
many of the schools they attend are of dismal quality. The report
attributed the trends to a “systematic neglect of civil rights
"The crushing burden of poverty still reigns over far too many
communities of color, robbing children of opportunity. It is still too
difficult, particularly in places such as North Carolina, for people to
join unions, should they choose, which could help raise the standard of
living for all workers." Read the whole column.
Statement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the NC NAACP, on President Barack Obama
"The historic victory of Barack Obama represents moral growth in America for a country that once viewed blacks as three fifths of a person and political growth for a nation that has decided to open itself up to the leadership gifts of all people. Every struggle, every tear, every endurance that brought us to this moment, which is the first step into a brand new transformational era, now seems worth it all the more. At the centennial of the NAACP’s existence, what a testimony to those who believed but never got to see this moment. And, what a gift and a responsibility for those of us who are here to see it. May we be worthy of such a gift and use it to promote a pathway towards an even more perfect union and a nation of justice for all."
In the comments section below, share your observations about President Obama, your experiences of the inauguration, and your reflections on the question that Martin Luther King Jr. asked in 1967, "Where Do We Go From Here?"
Rev. William J. Barber speaks at Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at First Baptist Church in Hickory. For full report, see the Hickory Record article. He also spoke at a celebration in Statesville. See the Statesville Record article.
Across North Carolina and the nation, Martin Luther King service projects and events, as well as gatherings to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama were held. Report on your events and your reactions to the inauguration in the comments section below.
Of related interest:
Webcast and text of national prayer service for the new president at the National Cathedral, including an excellent sermon by Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, the first woman to deliver the sermon at this traditional inaugural event, and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Goldsboro News-Argus report on Inauguration Watch Party in Goldsboro, including comments from Rev. William Barber.
WRAL.com has posted a fascinating interview with Rev. Dr. William Barber, featuring 10 tough questions from the public about the role and activities of the NC NAACP. The questions include:
*why the NAACP still calls itself an organization of "colored people"
*the continued relevance of the NAACP now that an African American has been elected President of the United States
*why the NC State students who scrawled hate speech on a campus wall must be strongly disciplined
*the NAACP's role in the Duke lacrosse case
*why aggressive public advocacy, not simply quiet, behind-the-scenes maneuvering and compromise, is an important role for the NAACP
*the many ways the NAACP is involved in community activities
*how the NAACP stands against violent, misogynistic, ugly gangster rap
*what the NAACP is doing about black-on-black crime
*the NAACP's campaign against use of the n-word by ANYBODY
*why historically black organizations continue.
The interview is very informative and well worth reading. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/4142989/
Not only read it, but pass the link on to friends, family and colleagues.
Statement by Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the NC NAACP, on the union victory at the Smithfield Plant in Tarheel:
There has always
been an intrinsic and inextricable connection between the civil rights
movement and the labor movement. We in the NCNAACP are proud
to have, over the last few years, stood, marched, prayed, and
worked with working people in their fight for a Union at the Smithfield
Plant in Tarheel, North Carolina. These every day hard-working
human beings have tonight culminated years of struggle for simple justice
with a victorious vote to unionize the plant. This is a mighty
move of justice and fairness for everyday workers in North Carolina.
There is concern in the African-American community that Governor-Elect Beverly Perdue is not considering minorities for leadership roles in her administration, despite the fact that her victory was made possible by the strong support among African-Americans. WRAL reports.
'We' Is the most important word in the social justice vocabulary. The issue is not what we can't do, but what we CAN do when we stand together. With an upsurge in racism/hate crimes, criminalization of young black males, insensitivity to the poor, educational genocide, and the moral/economic cost of a war, we must STAND together now like never before.'