For Immediate Release
President and CEO Remarks on Haiti Earthquake
WASHINGTON - “The entire NAACP family is deeply saddened by the earthquake that
occurred in Haiti yesterday afternoon. The thoughts and prayers of the
NAACP’s 2200 units go out to the families and those affected by this
tragedy,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “The
swift actions by the US Government and other countries show the world’s
compassion for tragedies like the one that occurred in Haiti. The NAACP
commends President Obama for the Administration’s rapid response to
On Tuesday, shortly after 5:00 PM, a 7.9
magnitude earthquake struck 10 miles southwest of the Haitian capital
of Port Au Prince. Preliminary reports say that well over 3 million
people were affected and that it will take days before we know the true
damage to the city.
“We are asking all of our members
to do what they can to assist the people of Haiti that have lost their
homes, business, family members, and livelihoods,” stated President
Jealous “The NAACP plans a relief effort, which will be announced this
week, to help with bringing food, water, temporary shelter and medical
services to the people of Haiti,” Jealous said.
Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.