FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Diana Robertson
January 25, 2020 215-605-5327
CIVIL RIGHTS STILL AT THE FOREFRONT IN HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
It is fitting that the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference convenes its first quarterly meeting at Millersville University as we all continue to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Education was one of the key components to his fight for civil rights. The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. can only truly be honored if we fully understand the significance of students in the civil rights movement of the past as well as the significance of ensuring that these young adults of the present are adequately equipped and taught how to lead their generation in overcoming those inequalities and injustices that still plague our society today.
“The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.” From its inception, this organization as did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. confront economic sustainability, education, public safety and criminal justice, voting rights and political representation, health equity, and expanding youth and young adult engagement, and yet the Beloved Community still has not been achieved. The reality is advocacy for civil rights is still very much needed. My vision is to strengthen the Pennsylvania State Conference in a way the helps it become more excellent in the work of civil rights, more excellent in addressing issues of discrimination, more excellent in serving our constituents, and more excellent in fostering a firm foundation of love which will destroy hatred. From the youngest to the oldest, everyone brings something to the table. I thank Millersville University NAACP Chapter for hosting the Pennsylvania State Conference. I thank Naydia Bonner, Advisor to the Millersville NAACP Chapter, for her due diligence in making our first quarterly meeting successful. I thank the Catering Department as well as all who helped to facilitate an inspiring meeting. We need each other to continue the work. We need schools such as Millersville University to raise up a generation of leaders who will take their strengths, their gifts, and what they have learned to become a force to be reckoned. As students grow into what God has prepared and the NAACP builds solidarity in our efforts to open doors, it is our hope that one day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community will become a reality!
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. The Pennsylvania State Conference was established in 1934 and pursues the same mission throughout the Commonwealth.