“There were those who said that this is a many-sided and very complex problem. But however viewed, the denial of the right to vote is still a deadly wrong. And the time for injustice has gone.”
Hilary O. Shelton
These were the words spoken by President Lyndon Johnson at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Today, those words bear repeating: there have been more than 83 attempts to restrict voting rights in 29 states in 2014 alone. That’s more than 83 attempts by legislators to prevent you from having your voice heard at the polls.
For more than a century, the NAACP has defended the right of all American citizens, regardless of skin color, to fully participate and thrive in our democracy. It took years of fighting and sacrifice, Freedom Rides, and a Freedom Summer, but we ensured our voices were heard loud and clear.
Our past victories have never come from a small group of charismatic leaders and elite political insiders. Victory does not come by luck, by chance, or in any single moment. We are victorious when we band together, our hands and minds joined, to demand the end of systematic injustice in this country.
The NAACP’s members form a multi-ethnic, multi-generational powerhouse. When enough of us stand up—with you by our side—the nation can’t help but take notice.
When our numbers are large, our power to effect change is undeniable. Join the NAACP today: