On July 21 I had the opportunity to sit down with Jim Vincent of the Providence NAACP and discussed a variety of topics. Mr. Vincent is a graduate of the 1973 Dartmouth College Urban Studies and Government program and hold an McP in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Our conversation covered a variety of topics, including the prison and judicial reform Gov. Raimondo recently enacted, police recruitment policies, and the national election.
The NAACP is one of the oldest still-extant civil rights groups in America. Founded on February 12, 1909, it has been a major advocate for the rights of black and brown people since its inception, working to abolish Jim Crow and promote desegregation. It has been especially active in support for LGBTQQI rights and AIDS activism. This was especially prominent when Julian Bond, former Chairman, boycotted the 2006 funeral of Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because the family had chosen a church that opposed gay rights.