On 100th Anniversary, NAACP Challenges First Black President
sonny | 2/11/2009, 10:47 a.m.
The White paper will be included the NAACP€s Agenda pertaining to the Obama Administration for the first year. Jealous said the goals of the NAACP for the next 25 years of the 21st century will be released at their 100th Annual Convention in July in New York.
Issuing the White Paper to the Obama Administration is only one major action taken by the civil rights organization amidst the economic havoc in the Black community.
The organization is moving ahead with a federal lawsuit to force 15 major financial institutions to cease alleged racial discrimination and rogue sub-prime home mortgage lending. A federal Judge last month denied a joint motion filed by the institutions to stop the NAACP from moving ahead with the suit. The lenders are now required to release information and documents regarding their mortgage policies and practices, according to an NAACP news release.
Jealous speaks with the confidence of the past 100 years of successes by the NAACP, which led and won campaigns for voting rights, against lynching, Jim Crow, and campaigns to equalize the political playing field.
The NAACP Headquarters, based in Baltimore, has 1,700 units nationwide and will host celebrations and observances throughout the year ending on Feb. 12, 2010.
The organization€s star-studded Image Awards, to be broadcasted from Los Angeles on Feb. 12, will feature Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai and Former Vice President Al Gore, Halle Berry, Tyler Perry, Sean Combs, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Russell Simmons ad the legendary Stevie Wonder and Muhammad Ali.
€As we set out at this moment, we have a lot to celebrate,€ Jealous said. €What makes this organization different than virtually every other great organization in this country is that we€ve practiced one formula for a hundred years with great success and transformed this country again and again, not just for Black people or Brown people, but for all people.€