February 19, 2007
Black History Month recognitions in our area continued Sunday afternoon as the Albemarle Charlottesville chapter of the NAACP held its Founder’s Day celebration.
Members of the community also gathered to hear NAACP chapter president Dr. Rick Turner give a message entitled ‘The State of African American Affairs in the Albemarle and Charlottesville Community.’
Turner says that African Americans need to take more action in becoming involved within their community.
“I think that if we are successful in becoming involved with the schools, with parents, with our community, we will solve a major part of our problem,” said Dr. Turner.
He also says that to create change, blacks need to become more politically aware, not only by registering, but voting in all elections.
“Voting and participation and activating ones self will conquer a lot of major issues that beset and injured people of African American decent. We are injured primarily because of what we do to ourselves,” said Dr. Turner.
He is also urging all those in the community to show they care about their city.
“Its easy to become involved and its easy to sit, that's what we've been doing for too long, we're sitting and letting things go by. We will be complain, but complaining and not doing anything in counterfeit” said Turner.