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Will 'Black' Issues Get An Even Stronger Focus As NAACP Diversifies?

Mar 29, 2011

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Mark Memmott

Tell Me More today follows up on an Associated Press story that says "the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is seeing remarkable diversity in its leadership ranks — the result of an aggressive effort over the past four or five years to boost NAACP membership and broaden the civil rights organization's agenda to confront prejudice in its many forms."

Victor Diaz, a Dominican-American who has been elected president of the NAACP's chapter in Waterbury, Conn., and Ravi Perry, an openly gay professor who now leads the chapter in Worcester, Mass., spoke with host Michel Martin about why they've been active in the organization.

And when Michel asked how they address the concerns of African-American members who feel that their concerns might get less attention from leaders who aren't black, Perry stressed that "civil rights and civil liberties are for all people" and that by working together with gays, Hispanics and others, African-Americans can build coalitions and "that actually makes those issues stronger."

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