NAACP regains prominence by diversifying agenda
Thursday, July 21, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jobs, education, health, housing -- the issues driving the NAACP these days look much like the concerns of most Americans, and that's by design.
As the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People kicks off its 102nd convention this weekend in downtown Los Angeles, the venerable civil rights organization's policy agenda shows how it has evolved from the dedicated fighter against racial inequality of decades ago to an advocate for social justice for all minorities.
The strategy has boosted the NAACP after a decade in which many charged the organization had become irrelevant. Membership, donations and visibility are all up in the past three years.
About 6,000 members are expected to gather starting Saturday for the weeklong convention, which will set the organization's policy agenda for the upcoming year.