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The White House and Lawn - Daylight
Press Statement January 17, 2023

NAACP Leaders Meet with Vice President Harris

The White House and Lawn - Daylight


January 17, 2023

Contact: Jonah Bryson, 

WASHINGTON DC - Today, 13 young leaders from the NAACP met with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss top-of-mind issues for Black men, including the criminal justice system, entrepreneurship, reproductive rights, and the economy. Building off of a successful meeting between VP Harris and members of the NAACP Youth & College program last September, today's meeting highlighted the voices of young Black men ages 18-35 from a wide range of backgrounds, offering an opportunity to voice their priorities and concerns for the year ahead.

"The opportunity to go to the White House and speak up about what we need as young Black men is incredibly powerful and we hope this will be one of many discussions," stated NAACP Baltimore Branch member Sean Anderson. "The NAACP works with communities on the ground every day doing our part to create positive change, but we can achieve so much more with the support of our elected leaders. With the cost of living continuing to rise, we must pursue creative solutions to boost the economy, including supporting young Black entrepreneurs and small businesses. It's great to know that our elected leaders like Vice President Harris are listening to what we have to say." 

Young NAACP leaders who attended today's meeting, including NAACP National Vice President of Campaigns Dominik Whitehead, NAACP Baltimore Branch 1st Vice President Joshua Harris, and Baltimore Branch member Sean Anderson, are available for interviews to discuss their conversation with Vice President Harris and the NAACP's top priorities for 2023.



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.