On Tuesday the NAACP will bring together a rare gathering of diverse policy, polling and demographics experts, activists, and civil rights leaders to develop a set of key strategic principles and objectives to counter the unfolding and escalating civil rights crisis during its Niagara Summit on the Potomac.
The groups will also address current attacks on immigrant communities, unchecked voter suppression, and the disturbing increase in hate crimes towards both Muslims and Jewish communities,
The Summit pays homage to the early Niagara Movement founded in 1905 in part by W.E.B. DuBois which addressed the brutal issues of racism and segregation at the turn of the 20th Century. The Niagara Movement, a precursor to the NAACP, adopted a “declaration of principles” to curb the entrenched post-Reconstruction culture of racism.
Reminiscent of the original Niagara Movement, the summit will in the coming days, announce a set of core principles and strategies designed to broaden and deepen coalitions and strengthen policy priorities among disparate organizations and communities. One key and overarching goal is mobilizing voters for midterm and upcoming elections to ensure elected officials supportive of inclusive policies and diverse communities are elected on the local, state and federal levels.
“In the face of a looming civil rights crisis threatening to relegate all Americans to a second-tier democracy, the NAACP is completely aware of the need to build strategic alliances with our partners to lighten our collective struggle. The Niagara Summit on the Potomac will bring together leadership from a variety of perspectives and communities to begin to build collective strategies that change the game and protect Americans against current attempts to roll back our nation’s hard-earned progress toward true democracy,” said President Cornell William Brooks.