For more than a century, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Inspired by the force and commitment of The Call of 1909, which denounced the growing oppression of people of color and mobilized thousands to work to bring this discrimination to an end, the NAACP seeks to establish a strategic direction as it embarks on developing The New Call for the 21st Century. In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century.
The six NAACP Game Changers below address the major areas of inequality facing African Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.
A chance to live the American Dream for all
Every person will have an equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security.
A free, high-quality, public education for all
Every child will receive a free, high quality, equitably-funded, public pre-K and K-12 education, followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education.
Expanding Youth and Young Adult Engagement
Expanding the presence of youth consciousness in every aspect of the Association
Give significant attention to expanding engagement with key age demographics (1979 and after); increase young adult engagement in policy research, development and advocacy on all levels; enhance the capacity of local units to recruit, engage, train and retain young adults; seek innovative approaches to increasing young adult membership and program engagement.
Health equality for all Americans including a healthy life and high-quality health care
Everyone will have equal access to affordable, high-quality health care, and racially disparate health outcomes will end.
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Equitable dispensation of justice for all
Disproportionate incarceration, racially motivated policing strategies, and racially biased, discriminatory, and mandatory minimum sentencing will end. Incarceration will be greatly reduced and communities will be safer. The death penalty will be abolished at the state and federal levels, as well as in the military.
Voting Rights and Political Representation
Protect and enhance voting rights and fair representation
Every American will have free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote and fair representation at all levels of the political process. By protecting democracy, enhancing equity, and increasing democratic participation and civic engagement, African Americans will be proportionally elected to political office.
Making these game changers a reality will require the Board of Directors’ leadership, broad outreach in venues such as regional and state conferences, an effective program to educate national, state, and local leaders about the plan, and participation of the units.
The program for units will contain clear messages regarding strategies and plans, and will provide training so that members can adapt the aims of the plan to the needs of their community and move it to action. Member feedback will be brought into national-level discussions in order to identify the resources and support needed for members to be successful in their local communities.