NAACP youth leader speaks out

May 23, 2014

According to Savannah Smith, “Judging someone by the color of their skin is ignorant. Their skin complexion has nothing to do with their morals, beliefs, or intelligence.” I agree. I joined this organization to be able to do something about issues like discrimination and environmental justice. What good will it do you if you sit on a couch complaining about all the world's problems.

I joined the NAACP to be able to impact the world in a positive way. I am able to sit with my friends of all races at lunch because of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education that ended all public school segregation. I am able to vote when I’m 18 because of the 1965 voters' right act that helped promote racial equality. I joined the NAACP to be able to make sure the future generations are all able to have rights and be treated equally regardless of what they look like.

The mission of the NAACP Youth and College Division is to “Inform youth of the problems affecting African-Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities to advance the economic, educational, social, and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples, to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color’s contributions to civilization; and to develop an intelligent and militant youth leadership.”

Thank you Mr. Michael Vincent, Ms. Joan Deaver, and Mr. George Cole for your donations. The funds will help us strive towards accomplishing our mission, of justice and equality for all. In essence we are all the same, we are human.

Victoria Diaz-Hanzer
Lower Sussex Youth Unit 2719

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