Win McNamee/Getty Images The NAACPis preparing a huge
relocation. Leaders of the 111-year-old civil liberties company signed a letter of intent to relocate its headquarters from Baltimore, where it's been for years, to Washington, D.C.
Muriel Bowser, the mayor of the District of Columbia, stated the plan is to have the NAACP relocate to the city's historic U Street corridor.
The location, when known as Black Broadway, was decimated throughout the 1968 riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Recently, it has turned into one of the more gentrified areas of the city.
It's unclear when the company will relocate to the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs, which is set to go through a redevelopment.
“The Reeves Center stands in a renowned and culturally significant area of the U Street passage with deep connections to the NAACP,” Bowser said in
a statement.” As we continue fighting for modification and working to develop a more reasonable and simply country, we eagerly anticipate inviting this renowned civil rights company to Washington, DC,” she added.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson stated the strategy goes back about 3 years, but the timing of the move is advantageous as the nation is “on the cusp of modification that's long past due.” “Washington, DC, sits at the center of change. This exceptional opportunity to bring our national headquarters to DC will permit us to be much more proactive in serving the Black community, and confronting the major obstacles facing the nation,”Johnson said. He added that headquartering the organization in Washington “will permit us to not just fully participate in the development of this fantastic city, however to also amplify the voices of the Black individuals as we fight for the crucial policy modifications and financial empowerment needed in communities throughout the country.”
The NAACP's statement comes months after the organization relocated from northwest Baltimore to that city's downtown area, in what it called a “tactical reset,” according to The Baltimore Sun. The company has been in Baltimore since 1986. Before that, it was in New York City.
“Former NAACP chairman Julian Bond stated in 2006 that the move was ‘all however definite' however cautioned that it's not something that would take place rapidly,” The Sun reported.
“It has nothing to do with the city of Baltimore,” Bond informed the paper at the time. “We like the city of Baltimore, except its location. It's not situated in Washington, and Washington is where we need to be.”