In Support of Preserving Historic Places that Tell the Full African-American Story
WHEREAS, in the past, African-American communities and neighborhoods of color have been disproportionately decimated by mass demolition and so-called "urban renewal"; and
WHEREAS, in 2010, only 8% of the 87,000 listings in the National Register of Historic Places and 3% of 2,500 National Historic Landmarks represented stories of women and minorities; and
WHEREAS, historic preservation has proven to be a powerful tool for community reinvestment, enhancing prospects for small businesses, creating space for entrepreneurship, providing quality and affordable housing, and working to prevent the displacement of families from neighborhoods in the midst of transformation, thereby ensuring opportunities for everyone; and
WHEREAS, the experiences of the past are refracted through our contemporary landscape, and continue both to impact and inspire opportunities for social justice in the present; and
WHEREAS, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has asked to partner with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to identify historic African American sites.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ("NAACP") will work with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to identify properties/sites to support the work of their historic preservation.