The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is right in calling for the NAACP to restructure and redefine its mission.
The bishops should be commended for raising concerns about the future and relevance of the NAACP.
The bishops raised their concerns in a candid, but constructive open letter to the 109-year-old civil rights group. The letter dated July 7 takes a well overdue look at the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.
“The NAACP boasts that it is the oldest civil rights organization in the country. While this is true and ought to make us proud, longevity alone is not proof of relevance,” the council wrote. “For the reality is that today the NAACP is smaller and less influential than it has ever been in its history as an organization. Today the NAACP intimidates no one. To be perfectly honest, the same challenges that face the NAACP face mainline faith denominations. We are old, and have not restructured or positioned ourselves to meet the times in which our congregants live. The Black Church is seeking to confront its own challenges and we call upon the NAACP to do the same.” (Philadelphia Tribune)