NAACP Launches Civil Rights Schools in Support of the Centennial Celebration

Events will take place at UCLA, NYU, Howard University and Harvard University

August 31, 2007

The NAACP announced today that it will hold a series of historic Civil Rights Schools (CRS) to support and launch the NAACP centennial celebration in 2009. Sponsored in large part by Starbucks, each CRS will be held for two days and will bring together renowned historians, scholars and social scientists discuss the NAACP past, present and future.  Each CRS session will focus on a specific 25-year period of the NAACP’s history. 

“As the NAACP prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, it is important to remember where we’ve come from so we do not lose sight of where we need to go,” said NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman Julian Bond.

“Starbucks’ alliance with the NAACP to support the Civil Rights Schools reflects both our organizations’ on-going commitment to social and economic equality,” said Jim Donald, Starbucks president and chief executive officer.  “We are pleased to work with the NAACP on bringing its rich and important history to life for university students and communities around the country.”
The NAACP Civil Rights Schools are part of a Starbucks multi-year commitment to collaborate with the NAACP on community initiatives.

UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies will host the first of the four CRS September 7-8. A key aspect of the weekend will be a town hall meeting to discuss the NAACP and the arts, titled “Artists & Activists,” being held Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the James Bridges Theatre in Melnitz Hall on the UCLA campus. 

“Hollywood figures prominently in the NAACP's efforts to integrate society during its first 25 years," said Dr. Darnell Hunt, director of the Bunche Center. "So we are particularly excited about having the opportunity to host this historic retrospective." 

The town hall meeting will be a unique opportunity for attendees to spend an evening examining the cultural impact of entertainment and the arts on our world. On Saturday (Sept. 8), the scholars/historians will engage in an intergenerational dialogue with UCLA students in a roundtable discussion.

The NAACP also plans to hold Civil Rights Schools at New York University, Howard University and Harvard University.  Additional supporters of the NAACP Civil Rights Schools include ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and the Game Show Network.

Friday, November, 9th 2007

New York University

Harvard University
Friday, December, 7th 2007

The NAACP Civil Rights Schools will insure the intellectual integrity of the NAACP centennial media projects. The projects include a documentary and a major mini-series, which will be broadcast in 2009 as part of the NAACP’s centennial celebration.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its adult and youth 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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