Press Release

Delegation Arrives in Paris to Join Black Frenchmen in Fight Against Oppression & Racial Disparities

March 30, 2007

March 30, 2007

An NAACP delegation will spend the next week in France assisting black leaders and other ethnic minorities organize against racial tension and disparities.

NAACP Interim President & CEO Dennis C. Hayes; NAACP Chair Emeritus Myrlie Evers-Williams; NAACP Interim General Counsel Angela Ciccolo; NAACP Special Contribution Fund Trustee Patrick Gaston, President of the Verizon Foundation; Harvard University Law School professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.; and john a. powell, Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University will be in Paris starting Saturday to meet with the Conseil Representatifs des Associations Noires (CRAN), the first national black organization in France. Formed in 2005, CRAN is an umbrella organization of black advocacy groups in France comprised of diverse African and West Indian associations.

Delegation members will attend and conduct workshops during CRAN’s Third Annual Spring Conference on Diversity and the State of Black France. The group will also attend a series of public meetings and symposiums aimed at addressing “the problem of the color line” in France. NAACP leaders will present CRAN with a recognition award in support of it efforts to achieve racial equality and social justice for black Frenchmen and women.

The trip is part of a continuing relationship between the NAACP and CRAN begun last year. Racial incidents in France have soared in recent years, centered on a growing African immigrant population and inequities in housing, jobs, education and access to better business opportunities.

The NAACP is dedicated to closing the gap of disparities faced by people of color across the globe by promoting fair and equitable human rights and economic justice.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.