Statement from the NAACP Ohio Conference of Units

NAACP Ohio State Conference
President Thomas Roberts

June 18, 2019

Today we are 70+ years from the Landmark “Brown vs. Board of Education” decision, thus beginning the end of segregation of schools in America and an affirmation by the U.S. Supreme Court that “. . . In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the State has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms

Today across the State of Ohio our school systems continue to fail our children. The NAACP holds the State leaders accountable and responsible in addressing the “education crisis” faced by the African Americans and other communities at- risk and under-resourced.

The NAACP Ohio Conference of Branches opposes any amendment that does not protect the rights of our children to an equal education as stated by the U.S. Supreme Court and as protected by Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

We support the belief that it takes the village to bring about change and solutions, through the fostering of partnerships and collaborations. However, the State is responsible for ensuring the equal educational rights of our children.

Currently, no bill or amendment being offered ensures the rights of our children to an equal education as described by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1954 Brown decision.

As has been stated previously, the NAACP opposes State Takeovers of local Districts, but when public fund support school Districts that fail our children over and over using taxpayer monies, the State must take corrective action.

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