WHEREAS, more than 121,000 people in the United States are on waiting lists to receive an organ transplant and another name is added every 10 minutes; and
WHEREAS, twenty-two people die every day from the lack of available organs for transplant and one deceased donor can save as many as eight lives through organ donations; and
WHEREAS, the need for organ transplants is rapidly growing among the African-American community as 30% of those currently waiting for an organ donation are African-American ; and
WHEREAS, African Americans have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, which increases their risk of organ failure. African Americans make up 13% of the population, 34% of those waiting for a kidney, and 25% of those waiting for a heart; and
WHEREAS, there is no cost to the donor or their family for them to become an organ donor; and
WHEREAS, persons wishing to become organ donors usually may register at the Office of Motor Vehicles and may also sign up online; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP Health Committees should be proactive in advocating organ donation and educating others to the alarming facts about organ donations within the African-American community; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People decrees April 16th as National Organ Donation Day!