Press Release

NAACP Statement on Baltimore City Branch’s Withdrawal from Complaint Filed with US DOT

December 24, 2015

BALTIMORE, MD – The National Headquarters of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) today released the following statement:

“The Baltimore City, Maryland Branch of the NAACP is a chartered unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  While the National Office encourages units to challenge government policies that negatively impact African-American communities, according to the NAACP bylaws, units seeking to participate in legal action must ‘seek prior, timely authorization in writing’ from the President /CEO and Genera l Counsel. Since no such authorization has been requested or granted, the Baltimore City Branch is withdrawing its participation in the complaint filed with the United States Department of Transportation.” 

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) – a wholly separate entity from the NAACP since 1957, the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, the law firm of Covington & Burling, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland will continue to prosecute the complaint on behalf of the remaining organizational and individual plaintiffs.


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 six “Game Changer” issue areas here.


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