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Close-up of Hand on Shoulder Amongst Military Personnel
Press Statement May 26, 2023

NAACP Acknowledges 75th Anniversary of Desegregation of the Armed Forces Ahead of Memorial Day

Close-up of Hand on Shoulder Amongst Military Personnel


May 26, 2023

Contact: Chyna Fields,


WASHINGTON — Today, we come together to pay tribute to our courageous service members who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in service of a cause greater than themselves — the protection of our country and its highest ideals.

Throughout history, generations of Black Americans have made this selfless sacrifice, driven by the hope that their service would reflect their humanity and pave the way to true freedoms and equality for themselves and their loved ones.

While the hopes of these heroes have not yet been fully realized, let their extraordinary courage serve as inspiration to us all. Let us renew our commitment to the advocacy work necessary to ensure that America unequivocally prioritizes the principles they fought to uphold so we may achieve a more just and equitable nation for all.



The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.

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