NAACP Statement on EgyptFebruary 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – Egyptian citizens are calling for greater democracy, transparency, and accountability in their country. The NAACP, the United States’ oldest and largest grass-roots based civil rights organization, supports democratically inspired civic engagement throughout the world. We applaud civic engagement in which each nation’s people advocate for equality, justice and opportunity for all of its citizens.
“We encourage the peaceful and thoughtful participation of all Egyptian people to help build a future that is free and fair for all,” stated Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, Roslyn M. Brock. “The NAACP affirms the imaginative, principled and constructive dialogue among the diversity of communities. We are convinced that the Egyptian people can produce a hopeful prospect for a robust and resilient Egypt that will provide leadership and partnership for other efforts of democracy and opportunity throughout the region, the African continent, and the world.”
”The NAACP calls on the Egyptian government to cooperate with the democratic will of its people and to collaborate on a peaceful transition of power to facilitate free and fair elections,” announced Reverend Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Chair of the NAACP Board’s International Affairs Committee. “We urge those with access to various forms of power to use their influence to advance peace and prosperity, and refrain from the abuses that result in injury, loss of life, and destruction. We further encourage Egyptian citizens to continue their struggle toward building a country that is stronger and better through ensuring civil and human rights for all of its’ citizens, residents, and neighbors under a representative democratic government.”
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.