As a little girl I often sat on my father’s lap as we listened to the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “Free At Last” record album. Each time, without fail, tears flowed from my fathers eyes. Though Dr. King had been assassinated before I was born, it was through my father’s tears that I learned there was a struggle for racial, social , economic, and political civil rights; and just plain simple human rights. It is up to each and every one of us to do something about todays injustices and inequalities. In 2015 we know that many minorities still live in poverty and are still the victims of housing and educational segregation. In fact there is more segregation now in some areas of the United States than there was in the late 60’s and early 70’s. According to Realize the Dream, New Jersey is the fifth most segregated state for African Americans and the fourth most segregated state for Hispanics. Close to 51% of African American students and about 41% of Hispanic students attend very segregated schools. According to the Sentencing Project more than sixty percent of the prison population are minorities. The Reverend Al Sharpton reported that in 2011 there were more African Americans in prison or under the justice system, than African Americans enslaved in the United States in the 1850’s.
With statistics such as these, it is clear our work as a nation, is far from finished. Our organization needs members who want to continue the fight for civil rights and equality. Please consider joining the nations, oldest and boldest civil rights organization the NAACP.
Adrienne D. Sanders, President
Asbury Park—Neptune NAACP