Chairman Brock Asks #MOW50 to Pledge to Vote

NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock delivered remarks at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, August 24.  Read the remarks here.

We gather here to remember a golden moment in the history of Civil Rights.  The NAACP was here 50 years ago and we are here today 30,000 strong!

There is no greater way to honor those who came before us than for us to do an honest assessment of the challenges we face today and to be the leaders who meet those challenges.

FIRST: Last year, in the face of an onslaught of outrageous restrictions to our right to vote we turned out in unprecedented numbers. Our challenge is to vote in ALL elections, ESPECIALLY in non-presidential elections because when we have not the consequences have been devastating. The House and Senate are headed for regressive majorities in 2014. We must take a pledge today to vote every year in every primary and in every general election no matter what is on the ballot!" 

When go home, Get your neighbors and family to take the same pledge. 

SECOND: We were horrified by the killing of Trayvon Martin and the failure to see justice done. However, we must channel our hurt and frustration into a decisive call to action to stop the violence - whether it is in a gated community in Sanford, Florida or a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago where the perpetrator looks like us – we must end gun violence in America.

We must raise the hopes, dreams, expectations and opportunities of our children so that violence against each other is not the only solution they see to their problems. Let's pledge to heal the divisions within our own communities and stop the violence and bloodshed now!

These are just two issues but they are at the heart of our fight for justice. If we become consistent voters and healers of violence, we will be remembered for generations to come!  If you remember nothing else - remember this -  "COURAGE WILL NOT SKIP THIS GENERATION!"