Members of the Lower Sussex Youth Council 2719 gathered at the Milton Public Library Feb. 8 to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Founded Feb. 12, 1909, by a multiracial group of citizens concerned about racism in America, the association continues to champion social justice ideals.
Historian and keynote speaker Bill Walls explored the early history of the NAACP and highlighted key victories like Brown v. Board of Education. He also discussed the role young people must continue to play in the realm of social justice. According to Walls, America is a great nation that has made many positive changes since the NAACP’s inception more than a century ago.
“We have come a long ways, but there are still injustices out there,” Walls said. He reminded the young listeners that they too have battles to fight and a legacy to build. "The rights and freedoms enjoyed in America are precious, and every generation has an obligation to protect those rights and ensure they are handed down to the next generation,” he said.