Thank you for joining our illustrious organization!
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - NAACP, is the nation’s oldest Civil Rights organization, founded in 1909 to combat lynching, racism and discrimination against Blacks, throughout the United States. Our commitment to address systemic and historic racial injustices, continues just as strong today.
Today, we stand at critical place in our nation’s history. We stand during a time of ongoing and heightened racial injustices and a pandemic that has taken a tremendous toll on all of us. We stand at a time in our country where the mantra of Black Lives Matter is being raised across the country and the world as, yet another unarmed Black man was killed at the hands of police. We stand together to call on the “better angels” of our community and society, to Speak Truth to Power and to Stand for Truth.
Our call to action is that you partner with the Ogden NAACP as we partner with other individuals, organizations, allies, leaders, politicians, and our youth to work together in this fight for equity, inclusion, and justice for all and on all fronts. The disproportionately adverse impact of current policies and practices on Black and other marginalized people, along with the gross inequities that result, should challenge all of us to recognize that NOW is the time!
NOW is the time to stand up!
NOW is the time to speak up!
NOW is the time to act up!
NOW is the time to get into what the late Congressman John Lewis called “Good Trouble” and be the change we hope to see and know we need.
We must hold ourselves and our institutions accountable for making the bold corrections necessary to change this current trajectory of increased racism, inequity, and injustice. Former Utah Governor Gary Herbert lead the landmark movement with major corporations, businesses, state and local leaders, and individuals joining him, in signing the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Now is the time to help our state live up to the bold principles of this important document. Now is the time to support and follow up on the implementation and actualization of actions outlined in “The Compact”. Now is the time to push for transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors to ensure we do not lose ground but make forward progress.
NOW IS THE TIME & “WE ARE ALL IN!”
United in Hope,
Betty Sawyer, President
Ubuntu, “I am because we are and because we are, therefore I am”
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