NAACP to begin Moving Forward After the Protests Series
MARYLAND – Following national protests, members of the NAACP on the Maryland Eastern Shore are making sure critical conversations on racial justice do not stop.
“We need to establish some workshops, we need to have some discussions,” said Rev. Charles Bagley, president of the Somerset County NAACP branch.
NAACP members are getting ready to launch a series of meetings inviting the public to talk about police accountability and racial justice and what steps they need to take to ensure that change is made.
“What we want to see more than anything, we need to see that change is taking place,” said Bagley, “We don’t want lip service.”
“So many times we’ve had lip service, we want to see some laws change,” said Bagley.
According to the President of the Worcester County NAACP branch, Ivory Smith, people need to have deep conversations with police and ask tough questions.
“Do you see everyone as equal? Do you see one race more superior than another? How do you feel?” said Smith.
“Because you’re supposed to be representing the community that you work for,” said Smith.
Members say engaging with community leaders will also play a critical part.
“People that have some influence, that are respected, people that have integrity and people that people can look up to as role models,” said Bagley.
Overall, members say it is all about being proactive and help bring change for generations to come.
“If more people get involved in this organization that has already established itself and its reputation for Afro-American people, it will be more of a movement instead of just a moment,” said Bagley.
NAACP members say this new series via Zoom will begin this Thursday at 7 PM.
Panelists include NAACP Branch Criminal Justice Chair Bishop Leon Wilson and General Management Consultant Donnie Waters.
For more information on this event visit the Facebook page Wicomico County NAACP Branch 7028.