Churches come together on NAACP Sunday

(WMC-TV) - Churches across the country joined together Sunday to support the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.

Since 1909, the NAACP has been on the forefront of battles for equality and justice.  Now, they are battling to increase membership.

Sunday morning services at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME were filled with singing, praise, and support for the NAACP.

"I think we can all say we are thankful to what the NAACP has done for all of us," said Reverend Ronald Williams.

The occasion was NAACP Sunday, an activity aimed at getting more people to join or renew their membership to the civil rights organization.

Williams marched during the civil rights movement.  He recalled the discrimination African Americans endured and how members of the NAACP worked and risked their lives to end it.

"I saw so much that if it had not been for the NAACP, I really don't think we would be as far advanced a country as we are," said Williams.

In recent years, some have questioned whether the NAACP is still relevant.  Members at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME said it is and always will be.

Churches around the country are turning to young people to keep the organization's goals in the forefront.

"I feel it will bring people together as one," said student Tierra Hobson.

Sherice McKinney is among a growing number of teenagers joining the NAACP at an early age.  She said she feels the organization is working to become as relevant in 2011 as it was when it started in 1909.

"The NAACP means a lot to me," said McKinney.

To find out more about the NAACP and its recruitment drive, click here.

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