Message From The President

Welcome, friends, guests, and members of the NAACP-Providence Branch, to our 96th Life Membership Brunch. Your continued support makes it possible to improve the lives of African Americans and all other minority groups in Rhode Island. We have so much more to accomplish in the years ahead. For this reason, I urge you to join our membership and, particularly, to become a life member. Your involvement in changing the course of history for the betterment of all peoples is important in these challenging times. For, those who are members, recruit others.

Let me name three important reasons you should join the NAACP: A membership in the NAACP is your opportunity to give back to the organization that has done more to change this country for the betterment of people of color, women, and the disenfranchised than any other in the nation's history; your membership makes you a part of the solution and the people who stand for the freedoms guaranteed in our nation's constitution; and your membership makes a direct and positive impact in your community.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) worked over the years to support and promote our civil rights agenda. Since its founding in 1909, the NAACP worked tirelessly to end racial discrimination while also ensuring the political, social, and economic equality of all people. The NAACP continues this mission today at all levels.

As the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP worked successfully with allies of all races, who believe in and stand for the principles on which the organization was founded. Throughout its history, America's greatest minds have worked to effect change. From corporate partnerships to tireless volunteer labor, the NAACP evolved to meet the challenges of the day, while remaining true to its original mission. With renewed commitment, the NAACP stands ready to meet the challenges of this century, as they celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Last year we sat here celebrating forty years after the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 45 years after King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech on the National Mall in 1963. This year, the NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, celebrates its centennial. How befitting it is to celebrate this milestone with the first black president of the United States  President Barack Obama.

Last year, we spoke of difficult economic times& headlines of recession, housing collapse, predatory lending and hope for change. Change we got with President Obama. Dr. King would be proud that President Obama will lead the Nation and transition the American people to peace, prosperity, a healthier Nation, a Nation that is energy self-sufficient. This President will address some critical issues, like the economy, education, health, energy, and lead us toward justice for all&. And, you can believe that the NAACP will be right there to help. Will YOU?

The NAACP needs you now, more than ever. It is time for economic reform, peace, new coalitions, and meaningful change. Join the NAACP and be part of the solutions for this great Nation.

James Vincent



To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.


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