For over a century, the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County Branch of the NAACP
has been promoting the dream of equality and opportunity for all.
September 18, 2017
Seattle to Michael Bennett: We've Got Your Back
Bennett’s connection to these struggles has also had an interesting effect on the Seattle chapter of the NAACP. The oldest civil-rights organization in the country has called for an NFL boycott over the league’s treatment of Kaepernick, but as Gerald Hankerson, leader of the Seattle chapter, said, “We are not going to boycott because we want to support Michael and the team and show that this community supports their efforts to speak out.”
September 6, 2017
Some tough questions about the Michael Bennett Situation
“In fact we feel we’ll boycott in a different way by showing up to support Mike Bennett during his games when he chooses not to stand [for the national anthem],” Hankerson said. “To stand in support of him, to not let what happened to Colin [Kaepernick] happen to him. … That’s the way we can really send a message when we kneel down rather than recognizing a flag that doesn’t recognize us as a people.”
August 26, 2017
How NAACP Leaders in NFL cities view Colin Kaepernick and the Anthem Protests
“Our complete involvement from the branch level is that I’ve been working with [Seahawks players] Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril one on one...As Mike has indicated, he’s utilizing his platform to educate folks. He’s been down here in the community with the NAACP...I really applaud his courage and commitment to stand firm in his beliefs despite what has happened to Colin Kaepernick."
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Mural in West Seattle featuring NAACP ACT-SO participant Mahala Provost! Way to go, Mahala, we're so proud of you! Thanks to the artist who painted this brilliant piece.
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