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Brittney Griner photo - from Getty Images
Press Statement December 8, 2022

NAACP Celebrates Release of Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner photo - from Getty Images


December 8, 2022 

Contact: Jonah Bryson,

"The NAACP is elated to hear the news that after 10-months, Brittney Griner is finally on her way home. We applaud President Biden for ensuring Brittney's release. Let's be clear, Brittney's imprisonment was not only inherently political, but a clear violation of human rights. Although nothing can replace the time that she has lost, we hope that her family can find comfort in the fact that Brittney will be free to celebrate the holidays with them. Brittney, welcome home."

This morning, NAACP National Staff paused from their end-of-year strategy session to send an important message to Brittney. 



Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation's first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.