NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous Addresses 103rd NAACP Annual ConventionJuly 09, 2012
(Houston, TX) -- During the first plenary session of the NAACP’s 103rd Annual National Convention, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous addressed the NAACP membership and challenged them to fight back against efforts to suppress their vote.
“In the past year, more states have passed more laws pushing more voters out of the ballot box than at any time since the rise of Jim Crow,” Jealous said. “The right to vote is the right upon which the ability to defend all our other rights is leveraged. We will ensure that our nation continues to practice free and fair elections even as we approach the day when people of color will be the majority in this country."
Jealous’ full remarks are available here.
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.