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STREET BEAT: STREET BEAT ‘How can the NAACP retain its relevance in the black community?’

Compiled by Billie Jordan in the Mid-Wilshire District.

DENEAL DELPHY
Los Angeles
“We need a strong leader, and the NAACP could figure a way to stop gang violence. I lost a lot of friends like that.”

JESSIE FREEMAN
Los Angeles
“The NAACP has to be visible and available. I remember when I was growing up. We knew about the organization; it’s work and what it stands for. I don’t think today’s youth has any inkling or idea?”

JOHN BOWMAN
Inglewood
“A lot of young people don’t have a feeling of how the NAACP functions. And I know that’s a fact because I have three boys who when I talk about [NAACP issues] – the talk goes right over their heads. It’s the new generation that needs them most. So, the NAACP needs to find a way to appeal to today’s youth.”

ERIKA CRAWLEY
Mid-City
“If they stand behind current issues I think they’ll keep themselves relevant. Like the Black Lives Matter movement and just about any type of situation that connects communities that are discriminated against.”

DONDRE TAYLOR-STEWART
Glendale
“They should be intersectional; the NAACP has a lot of older black people in it and their issues different from people my age. So just reaching out and connecting the dots between their school of thought and my school of thought could help.”

SOPHIA FLORES
Los Angeles
“I think they may have to step up on their [public relations] and be more prevalent on social media.”

D. WILLIAMS
Miracle Mile
“They have to make sure that African Americans are not marginalized in the work place and in our communities?”

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