NAACP Annual Meeting Puts Spotlight on Racial Economic Disparities

(New York City, NY) – During the NAACP’s Annual Meeting this weekend, panelists discussed the impact of the economic downturn on communities of color. Hosted by NAACP Advocacy and Policy Committee Chair Lorraine Miller, the audience was addressed by former Labor Department Assistant Secretary William Spriggs, along with Heather McGhee, Vice President of Policy and Outreach at the democracy organization Demos.

“The NAACP is committed to ensuring the equality of economic opportunity for all Americans,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “So long as opportunity gaps exist for some Americans, we will be here to lead the charge to correct them.” 

“Closing the racial economic divide is essential to achieving true equality in our country,” stated Lorraine Miller, Chair of the Advocacy and Policy Committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  “The NAACP is dedicated to advancing programs and policy changes that will strengthen and expand the black middle class.”

Panelists discussed the disproportionate impact of the housing crisis and employment crisis on communities of color, and presented a roadmap to narrow the gap for all Americans.

"The importance of the collapse of the state and local government sector to the weak recovery has to be lifted to understand the current crisis,” said AFL-CIO Dr. William Spriggs, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor. “In the midst of this, the African American community also needs to focus on the erosion of the Black middle class in public sector employment, in information technology workers and as union members."

Economic inequality is one of the NAACP’s five primary “game changers,” or core program areas that the organization will address in the years 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.

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