Addresses delegates during Plenary Session, “The Plight of the African American Male – Saving Our Men, Saving Our Community”
(Los Angeles, CA) – President Barack Obama sent a televised greeting to NAACP members, supporters and delegates during the final Plenary Session of the 102nd Annual NAACP Convention on Thursday. President Obama was introduced by NAACP California State Conference President Alice Huffman and thanked the NAACP for their work advocating for civil rights and human rights.
The full speech can be viewed here: http://action.naacp.org/Obama-Video.
“I want to thank your Chairwoman Roslyn Brock, your President and CEO Ben Jealous, and all of you who are doing your part to Affirm America’s Promise,” stated President Obama. “After all, it was members of the NAACP who marched in the streets and sat at the lunch counters and proved to the world that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. And I will never forget that it is only thanks to you, and the giants that came before you, that I can sit here as President of the United States.”
Thursday’s Plenary Session addressed the systematic issues facing Black men in the areas of health, economics, voting, education and criminal justice. President Obama touched on the hardships facing the African American community, but offered hope for the future.
“Although this recession has touched Americans of every background, there’s no doubt that the African American community has been one of the hardest hit. But NAACP, you also know that no matter how steep the climb, we have always persevered, as a people and as a nation. No matter how long the road, we’ve never grown weary. We’ve always kept fighting ahead.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.