Trayvon Martin and Voting Rights Dominate Orlando Meetings
Under the banner “We Shall Not Be Moved,” the NAACP convened its 104th convention in Orlando, Florida. “The state of the NAACP is strong,” NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous told the more than 3,000 delegates, members and observers who gathered at the first opening plenary. After the deep slough the organization hit in the mid-1990s, and the years of holding on and slight growth after the turn of the century, the membership has grown sharply four years in a row. Jealous recited the facts: 132,000 people wrote contribution checks to the NAACP over the last year. Five years ago the NAACP had 174,000 on-line activists. Now there are more than one million—larger than any other civil rights organization. In 2008 the NAACP registered 124,000 voters. In 2012, the association registered 374,553 voters, and they turned out more than 1.2 million people to the polls last year. And the NAACP now has a registered voter database operation in 600 locales.