On this anniversary of Black History Month, we are provided with the opportunity to recognize, appreciate and celebrate our diverse African American communities here in New Jersey through the African American experience. “Why do we need to celebrate Black History Month?”
My answer is the same as it’s been since the 1970s: because we have so much more to learn and share to progress — and only one lifetime in which to do it.” — Langston Hughes, “Democracy”
The fight for civil rights by African Americans and their allies is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights for all persons, while working to eliminate race-based discrimination that continue today.
We must ask ourselves – Action Together New Jersey members – if we are doing our part. We must confront our own group’s lack of diversity and proactively reach out into our own communities to make ties and align together to fight injustice.
Action Together New Jersey will continue to collaborate with the NAACP this year to continue to build the diverse and rich heritage that has built the society we live in today. We will take action through legislation, forums, web seminars and calls to action to bring our communities together while working to be the role models that are inspiring the next generation.
FEBRUARY’S CALL TO ACTION
ACTION 1: Join the NAACP. Did you know that you do not have to be a person of color to belong to the NAACP? You just have to believe in civil rights for all!
ACTION 2: Do not just put the $30 on your credit card and forget it. Start going to your local NAACP branch meetings every month. Have the conversations, make new friends in your community, and bring them to join us here in our fights. You can pick a committee to join and be a voting member. Find your closest branch here.
ACTION 3. Make sure your friends and family are registered to vote. This link is the form for each New Jersey county voter registration.
ACTION 4. Once you’ve done Action #1, #2 and #3 post about it share your experiences and how many people you have registered to vote.
Support + Join + Vote
Civil Rights Director ATNJ