Photo Gallery: UPenn NAACP MLK Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

On Monday, January 20th, 2014 the UPenn NAACP chapter, along with Dana House Scholars, came together to serve Parkway West, a Philadelphia public School.

The day was amazing, filled with fun and laughs all around. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to join us!

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Zimmerman Trial Verdict

On Saturday, July 13th George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter.

The verdict was heartbreaking, sickening, and unfortunate, but it was nothing new for trials of murders of young African American men in the United States. Trayvon Martin was neither the first nor the last victim of one of these heinous crimes, but that does not make his death any less horrible, untimely, or unjust.

Emmett Till. Willie Edwards. James Chaney. Michael Donald. Michael Griffith. Yusef Hawkins. James Byrd Jr.

These names are only examples of young African American men whose lives were taken unjustly, but they do not begin to represent the hundreds that die everyday in our country but who go unnoticed by the media.

In light of the Zimmerman verdict, many outraged individuals have turned to social media, spreading articles and blogs alike. Questions are being raised about the part that race played in the case and how well the prosecution prepared for the case.
In the face of such horrible results, we are now charged with the responsibility of taking action. We may feel outraged that justice was not served, but that does not mean that Trayvon’s death must be in vain. We have an opportunity to confront the so called “post-racial” society that America claims to be and we must pursue this opportunity. We must say aloud, “An African American boy, an unarmed young African American boy was killed. Whether or not we believe the defendant to have been guilty, a young boy is no longer living and in our “great” country young black men are more likely to end up in jail or dead before the age of 21 than to go to college. What are we going to do to change this statistic? How can we challenge America to take responsibility for the years of oppression faced by African Americans in this country? How can we as a community come together and take our destiny into our own hands?

We have been shown time and time again that no one will give it to us, we must take it, but we must unite and take it together. We can start by uniting over this case, so please go to the following link and sign the petition of the NAACP to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman.

https://donate.naacp.org/page/s/doj-civil-rights-petition?source=zimmermannotguiltypetitionrotator&utm_medium=Rotator&utm_source=NAACP&utm_campaign=zimmermannotguiltypetitionrotator

2013 UPenn NAACP Inauguration Trip Photo Gallery

The NAACP embarked on a historic journey on January 21, 2013 to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama for his second term in office. We want to thank all those who were able to attend as well as all of our generous donors who made the trip possible. Enjoy the photo gallery and feel free to comment!

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Executive Board Member Spotlight: Jordan Jett

Position: Treasurer

Major: Candidate for a BS in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Innovation and Entrepreneurial Management

Hometown: Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Interests: Jordan jumps for the University of Pennsylvania Varsity men’s track and field team. On campus he is a member of Black Wharton Undergraduate Association. He is interested in emerging mobile consumer technology, and one day hopes to start a company of his own. This summer he will be returning to Morgan Stanley as analyst in Global Capital Markets.

Vision For UPenn NAACP: Jordan looks for UPenn’s chapter of the NAACP to continue its efforts to collaborate with other organizations on events such as the upcoming event on the meaning of leadership. Through collaboration he believes UPenn’s chapter of the NAACP will be able to make a positive impact not only on campus, but in the Greater West Philadelphia area as well.

“The Meaning of Leadership” – 11.20.2012

Please Join Us!

This event, presented by the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and the UPenn Chapter of NAACP, is entitled:

The Meaning of Leadership

In the midst of figures like President Obama, Amy Gutmann, or even that kid in one of our classes that seems to be the president of every organization, leadership comes to be a concept that is idolized and considered to be distant from the average person; a trait for only the most qualified, intelligent, or successful among us. We forget that leadership comes in many forms, of which many don’t involve curing world hunger, cancer, or fixing America’s crippled economy. Leadership is a quality that we all possess, but have to be able to harness and understand fully in order to properly exhibit. This event will feature a panel of four “leaders” in our community including, Miles Goodloe, Haywood Perry, Matt Nelson & Brian Peterson. We welcome them and look forward to their valuable insight.

President’s Message

Hi All!

Welcome to the UPenn NAACP’s blog. It is my pleasure to write the inaugural post on this blog. Before I begin my brief message, I would like to thank the Esteemed NAACP Executive Board for their hard work thus far. As the first semester comes to an end it has been an honor to work which such a motivated group of individuals to advance causes of social justice. Shifting gears for a moment, I would like to explain the purpose of this blog. This blog is intended to be the hub for all information related to our chapter. This includes articles, meeting times, upcoming events, and more. We are extremely excited about the new semester ahead of us and we hope that you share in this excitement. In the coming weeks look out for a tentative schedule of events for the new year.

Best,

Kyle Webster

President of the UPenn NAACP

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