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NAACP in Amarillo: impact and history

Amarillo, TX - A century-old organization with a long local history is giving local students the resources they need to further their own educations.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1908, with the original goal of banning the practice of lynching.  Over the twentieth century, the organization shifted its mission and its focus to coincide with shifting social norms.

The NAACP has been in Amarillo for seventy years, and over that time it's been more and more active in social issues like education and economic equity in our area, as chapter President Floyd Anthony says, "I'm proudest of the fact that when someone asks me, 'What does the NAACP do,' I like to talk about what we do for our young people."

This evening, the local NAACP awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to some of our most promising young people.  The group says education is one of the most profound and permanent ways to effect real change.

When I asked Mr. Anthony where he saw the NAACP in 60 years, he said although the focus is shifting away from racial discrimination, the fight against inequality will never stop.

"There will always be someone less fortunate; there will always be someone that doesn't have a voice," said Anthony.  "And 60 years from now, we still want to speak for those who feel they don't have a voice."

Albert Einstein called racism "America's worst disease," and wrote of the importance of social evolution in his 1946 essay, The Negro Question:

"It would be foolish to despise tradition. But with our growing self-consciousness and increasing intelligence we must begin to control tradition and assume a critical attitude toward it, if human relations are ever to change for the better. We must try to recognize what in our accepted tradition is damaging to our fate and dignity—and shape our lives accordingly."

If you'd like to learn more about the NAACP and its history, follow the link attached to this story.

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