February 21, 1996 in Nation/World

New Head Of Naacp To ‘Reclaim Voice’

Compiled From Wire Services

In the heart of a building where blacks used to be banned, Kweisi Mfume vowed Tuesday to help the NAACP “reclaim its voice” for justice as he was sworn in as the organization’s president and chief executive.

The ceremony was in the Great Hall of the Justice Department. Asked why, Mfume said:

“There was a time when the Department of Justice, the agency charged with protecting the rights of individuals, would not allow you in this door if you were of African ancestry. … It was for a very strong symbolic reason that we’ve come here today.”

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