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Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued extreme decisions reversing decades of precedent on affirmative action. The court’s rulings in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of North Carolina jeopardize hard-fought progress for Black Americans in classrooms and beyond.
NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson released the following statement reaffirming the Association’s commitment to tools that support equal access to higher education for Black students:
“Today the Supreme Court has bowed to the personally held beliefs of an extremist minority. We will not allow hate-inspired people in power to turn back the clock and undermine our hard-won victories. The tricks of America’s dark past will not be tolerated. Let me be clear – affirmative action exists because we cannot rely on colleges, universities, and employers to enact admissions and hiring practices that embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. Race plays an undeniable role in shaping the identities of and quality of life for Black Americans. In a society still scarred by the wounds of racial disparities, the Supreme Court has displayed a willful ignorance of our reality. The NAACP will not be deterred nor silenced in our fight to hold leaders and institutions accountable for their role in embracing diversity no matter what.”
At noon, NAACP National Director of Youth & College
Wisdom Cole, led a group of students and activists in a mobilization
starting at the Supreme Court steps. Cole said of today’s decision:
“This is a dark day in America. Affirmative action has been a beacon of hope for generations of Black students. It stood as a powerful force against the insidious poison of racism and sexism, aiming to level the playing field and provide a fair shot at a high-quality education for all. Students across the country are wide awake to the clear and present danger encroaching on their classrooms. We will continue to fight, organize, mobilize and vote against all attempts to hold us back. We will hold the line against this clear pattern of hate. We will thrive!”
President and CEO
VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE INRE: JOHN HENRY JAMES CASE NO.:
Comes now the Commonwealth’s Attorney, James Hingeley, and presents the following motion, saying as follows:
WHEREFORE, the Commonwealth moves this honorable Court 1) to consider such evidence as may be heard in open Court on July 12, 2023 at 4:00 p.m., 2) to strike the indictment of John Henry James from the record, and 3) to grant such other and further relief as may be appropriate.
Please note that a hearing on the motion is scheduled in Albemarle County Circuit Court on Wednesday, July 12, at 4:00 p.m., and I am hoping NAACP members will be interested in attending. July 12, 2023 is the 125th anniversary of the lynching of John Henry James. //Jim Hingeley j
410 East High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 972-4073 fax
ALBEMARLE-CHARLOTTESVILLE NAACP 7057B
CANDIDATES’ FORUM – ZOOM PRESENTATION
The Political Action Committee will be hosting a virtual candidates’ forum at the June 12th branch meeting: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
7-7:45pm: Creigh Deeds and Sally Hudson (11th Senatorial District)
7:45-8:30pm: Amy Laufer and Kellen Squire (55th House of Delegates seat)
Topic: Alb-Cville NAACP’s Zoom Meeting – CANDIDATES’ FORUM
Time: Jun 12, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Remembering DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Today, January 15, would have been Dr. King’s 94th birthday.
Dr. King’s holiday is celebrated on Monday, January 16, 2023.
Dr. King was assassinated at the age of 39, in Memphis Tennessee. The holiday will be a time when many observe it as a day of service in the community.
Dr. King’s belief in non-violence would be something that the nation as a whole could pause and reflect upon .For those of us who will observe the holiday, simply remembering the man himself, and what he stood for, would in itself be a way to pay tribute to Dr. King.
Janette B. Martin, President
PRESIDENT – JANETTE B. MARTIN
1ST VICE PRESIDENT – LESLIE HARRIS SCOTT
SECRETARY – LYNN M. BOYD
ASSISTANT SECRETARY – MARCHA HOWARD
TREASURER – B. J. SANTOS
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – DONNA PRICE
NAACP Referenced in the Hiring of the Charlottesville, Virginia Police Chief
At the Charlottesville, VA. City Council meeting held on December 5, 2022, it was said that the NAACP provided a reference in the selection of Michael Kochis. Documentation of that conversation between Interim City Manager Michael Rodgers and Mayor Lloyd Snook is on record and was reported in the Daily Progress December 6, 2022, that” Kochis received references from Warrenton’s Chapters of “Black Lives Matter and the NAACP”.
The NAACP referenced in the article is officially listed as the Fauquier County Branch of the NAACP. There is no chapter of the NAACP in Warrenton which is in Fauquier County.
The references mentioned is the reason for the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP to clarify what has been stated, The NAACP did not make a reference nor did they endorse any police chief or candidate for office on any level. All official business of any branch/unit is conducted by the Executive Committee in its entirety. and will be documented on the letterhead of the NAACP. and not in a conversation with an officer or member of a branch/ unit.
Albemarle- Charlottesville NAACP Executive Committee