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Press Statement April 17, 2023

NAACP Urges Senate to Confirm a Pro-Black Worker Labor Secretary

Action Congress


April 17, 2023

Contact: Jonah Bryson, 

WASHINGTON –  Today, the NAACP released the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to prioritize the needs of Black workers as they determine their vote for the next Labor Secretary. 

"As the senators weigh this important decision before them, the NAACP urges this legislative body to prioritize the needs of Black workers - especially Black women - and how the country's next Labor Secretary will work toward ensuring that Black Americans have equal access to the positive benefits of work. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the concept of 'work' has changed for many Black people. Our Labor Secretary must take that into consideration and provide guidance for the private and public sectors that supports people before private interests."



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.