NAACP Statement on the State of the Union Address


(Washington, DC) – The NAACP has released the following statements regarding tonight’s State of the Union Address.

From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors:

“Tonight we heard President Obama issue a call for action that creates economic opportunity in his State of the Union Address," stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the Board for the National NAACP. "President Obama challenged Congress to follow his lead and increase the minimum wage to give America a raise. He also urged lawmakers to create opportunities for citizenship through comprehensive immigration reform. The President called on all Americans to work hard, take responsibility and get everyone health insurance to secure a more prosperous future."


From NAACP Interim President Lorraine C. Miller:

“President Obama put himself in the shoes of the American public and addressed the bread and butter issues that we all face,” stated NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller.  “From raising the minimum wage to job training, the President brought the issue of economic inequality front and center and offered practical solutions to close the gap.  President Obama has embraced the social justice movement that is moving across this nation and has boldly called on all Americans to do the same.  The NAACP will heed his call and continue to be leaders in the effort end the inequalities that have plagued our nation for centuries.”


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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