FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2021
Baltimore, MD – This evening, the NAACP released the following statement from NAACP President Derrick Johnson on the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff election:
“The stakes have never been higher as Black voters turned out again in Georgia to make their voices heard in record numbers and helped to decide the balance of power in the United States Senate. With more than 3 million residents voting early in the Senate runoff, the message is clear: we are not tired, and our voices will be heard.
“The next Senate will be closely divided and will determine how we move forward on critical issues like healthcare, housing, education, and long overdue institutional reforms. That is why we need leaders who will continue to champion our causes and empower our fight for justice. We deserve representation, but more importantly, we deserve representatives who will advance equity and erase inequality.
“In one of the most consequential elections of our time, Black lives have literally been on the ballot. That is why the NAACP committed to engaging, educating, and re-energizing the Black community to vote – again. The need to ensure that Georgians’ voices are heard is imperative, and our democracy depends on the full enfranchisement of voters.
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.
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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.