I am sure by now you may have heard or seen reports regarding the recorded comments of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. His remarks were disgraceful and offensive and more than that, his previous reputation of housing discrimination are the very things that thousands of NAACP members across the country work hard every day to eradicate.
As both the President of the California State NAACP Conference and Interim President & CEO Lorraine C. Miller have already indicated, his previous honor will be rescinded and the current President of the Los Angeles Branch announced today that the Branch will be returning Mr. Sterling’s previous donations and will not be honoring him next month.
This issue will not deter me or any of the executive committee members of the Brooklyn NAACP from continuing to uphold the mission of the NAACP. When this news broke our Branch members were doing the work we have committed ourselves to do.
The Health Committee held a wonderful autism awareness event at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum educating our community on ways to keep our children safe and support their ongoing development. Our Civic Engagement Committee is hard at work preparing for the launch of our Voter Registration, Education and Turnout project. The members of our criminal justice committee are finalizing plans for Gun Violence Awareness Month in June and I have been calling our partners and friends to raise money for our Branch to provide stipends for ten young people in the disconnected youth population to intern with us this summer.
We will let our work speak for itself.
We know that our members and partners are committed to the mission of the NAACP which is ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
Thank you for your support and let’s continue this great work together.
Yours in Service,
L. Joy Williams