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PO Box 1706
Montclair, New Jersey 07042 *


January 27, 2009                                                            

Contact:  James E. Harris, State President

Contact:   Joyce Mollineaux, State Secretary

Telephone:  973-518-2990 or 609-345-6039

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The New Jersey State Conference of NAACP

Expresses disappointment and displeasure with the Middlesex Bar Association’s

 NAACP and the Law Celebrating 100 Years” Event

 NJ State NAACP – The New Jersey State Conference for the Advancement of Colored People (NJNAACP) as late as January 23, 2009, vowed not to support the Middlesex County Bar Association’s event “NAACP and the Law Celebrating 100 Years”, Wednesday, January 28, 2009.

“Our actions are based on the historical lack of response to the attempts of our local units to develop relationships with the Middlesex County Bar Association”, stated James E. Harris, the New Jersey State Conference NAACP President.  The NJNAACP has fifteen units in the central region and a state prison.  Harris further remarked, “To consistently ignore the constituency of the local units and now want to celebrate the NAACP’s struggles appears to hide a hidden agenda.”

President Harris further states, “the Bar has demonstrated a lack of advocacy in promoting diversity within the area benches”, nor has it provided “any pro bono representation of a person of color unable to afford legal representation”.

Founded in 1909, throughout this year, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will celebrate 100 years in the civil rights business.  Various organizations, including the local NAACP units, will offer celebratory programs highlighting the organization’s accomplishments in promoting equality, equity, and justice for all citizens and residents.  As the nation‘s oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world the NAACP has represented people of all colors, ethnicities, and heritages.

The New Jersey State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people (NAACP) has 41 adult units, 1 prison unit, 10 youth units, 9 university and college units, and 5 Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) units that are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, vigorously conducting voter education and mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors throughout the State.

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