FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2023
Contact: Alicia Mercedes, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOSTON– This week, the NAACP's 114th National Convention featured a panel discussion entitled "Hate Has No Home Here - A Moderated Conversation on Racism, Antisemitism, and Building Bridges to Fight All Hate" focused on the intersectionality of racial justice and the continued rise in hate crimes.
Robert Kraft, Chairman of the Kraft Group and Founder of the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and criminal justice reform advocate Meek Mill shared their insight, expertise and personal experiences related to the challenges and importance of combating racial injustice and hate crimes during a captivating conversation moderated by Joy Taylor. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnsonreleased this statement following the panel discussion:
"As we navigate a time of unprecedented challenges, panel discussions like this one stand as a testament to the urgency and relevance of the NAACP's founding and everlasting mission. Abolishing white supremacy isn't a problem for one group to face alone - it's a shared burden that requires a united response. Let me be clear - unity is our most potent weapon in the battle for our democracy. The greatest strength we possess is our diversity and uniqueness - we must embrace it, no matter what. If we are going to succeed in this continued fight, collective conversations such as this must extend beyond Convention. We must share the message when we return to our communities. When we stand together, we demonstrate to the world that hate has no home here. Not now, not ever."
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.