FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2023
Contact: Alicia Mercedes, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON — Today, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, visited the White House to witness the signing of, and hear remarks from President Biden on his historic executive order aimed at addressing the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI). President Johnson reflected on the momentous occasion with the following statement:
"Technology has the power to positively impact lives at all levels of society. But let's not forget - all advancements must be carefully examined through an equitable lens. The NAACP applauds the Biden Administration for taking the proactive steps necessary to make equitable outcomes a reality amidst the growing utilization of artificial intelligence. However, this is just the beginning. Now, we must ensure that these safeguards are put in place and are applicable to all issues top of mind for Black America, especially voting rights. This is what leadership looks like."
The NAACP has been at the forefront of efforts to center equity in the development of artificial intelligence. The Association has long been vocal about the dire need for AI regulations to address key issues for Black Americans, including the endorsement of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, aimed at incorporating civil rights safeguards into privacy laws. Most recently, NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's AI forum on Capitol Hill.
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.