The NAACP New York State Conference Wednesday announced it will launch a social media campaign to promote the election of the first African American Speaker of the New York City Council in history.
“We have a chance to make history in New York City and we should not pass it up,” Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP NY Conference said. “The city's top leadership inside City Hall must reflect the diversity of New York. There are highly qualified African American candidates, so our message is clear: New York must not pass over an African American. Not Again. Not this time.”
The campaign on social media platforms will carry the hashtag #MakeHistoryNYC. The NAACP, as a registered nonprofit, is barred from endorsing a specific candidate, though individual members may endorse.
Eight candidates are vying for Speaker, including three African American Council Members.
Dukes continued, “We respect all the candidates for their commitment to critical issues and their service to the entire city. But as we approach the 20-year anniversary of the end of the Dinkins administration, we recognize it is past time and important to have an African American in leadership once again.
“I urge Council Members, the Mayor and all interested parties to join us in this effort. It’s time to make history, not stand in its way.”