Dear Members and Friends:
It is not often an individual has an opportunity to live a dream and at the same time, be able to give service to society. Today, I am living one of my dreams. It is an honor that the Members of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest civil rights organization in the country, have collectively agreed to allow me, James M. Douglas, to provide leadership for the next two years. I would like to congratulate and thank those of you who have been elected to assist me in various leadership roles, the Officers and At-Large Members of the Executive Committee. I would also like to thank Mrs. Yolanda Smith, our Executive Director, those of you who are present members of the NAACP and those of you who will become members in the very near future, our volunteers, and community and business supporters for your commitment to this necessary and important undertaking.
As a member of the NAACP, people often ask me one of two questions. The first is whether the NAACP is necessary Today; and the second is what is the NAACP doing. The answer to the first is a very strong YES. All one has to do is open his or her eyes and view the world. Conflicts between various races and cultures are present on every continent and conflict between races in America is at its highest since legal segregation. Blacks and Whites have not grown closer since 1975; but instead they have grown further apart. If the NAACP did not exist Today, we would have to create it. As to what are we doing, just review the work performance of our various committees (Legal Redress, Education, Political Action, Economic Development, Veterans Affairs, Labor Advocacy, Environmental & Climate Justice, ACT-SO, Youth Works; just to name a few). And lastly, tune into our weekly radio show, NAACP TODAY with James Douglas on MJWJ Global Radio (mjwjtalkradio.com) to learn more of our advocacy efforts and to join us in the conversation on social justice reform. The NAACP is in fact doing a lot; however, we could do more with your involvement, so we ask you to “Please Join the NAACP Houston Branch”.
Looking forward to working with you,
Dr. James M. Douglas
President, NAACP Houston Branch