NAACP Launches ‘NAACP Forward,’ A National Listening Tour to Mark Its New Era of Civil Rights Activism
NAACP leaders traveled to towns and cities in each of our seven regions to engage communities, members, supporters, partners, and allies in conversations that will inform our strategic planning process.
We visited Detroit, MI; Niagara Falls, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville TN; Des Moines, IA; San Antonio, TX; and Washington, DC. Chairman Leon W. Russell and President and CEO Derrick Johnson also attended numerous state conferences throughout the fall to speak with and hear from leaders and members.
Along with public meetings that gathered hundreds of community members, NAACP Forward included smaller discussions with local leaders and stakeholders. We welcomed representatives from trade unions, fraternal and sororal organizations, elected officials and law enforcement, clergy, and other nonprofit community organizations.
While each stop brought its unique tone and turnout, several common themes emerged, including educational equality, criminal justice, voter education and mobilization, affordable housing, and youth engagement. Members and allies at each stop had concrete suggestions for strengthening the NAACP’s infrastructure and advancing our Game Changers.
As the nation’s premier grassroots, membership-based organization, we deeply respect the wisdom of our constituents. Participants’ insights will critically inform the Association’s strategic planning process and its policy and organizational priorities in the years ahead.