NAACP Head: Preserve Civil Liberties

July 08, 2002
NAACP President Kweisi Mfume said Monday that Americans must work to preserve their civil rights in the post-Sept. 11 world because fear of terrorism can lead to individual liberties being trampled.
      "Now is the time for us to be eternally vigilant in protecting the republic, but also in protecting the democratic principles on which it stands." Mfume said in his keynote address at the 93rd annual NAACP convention.
      Mfume warned that "for blacks and browns, in particular" both war and recession have correlated with periods of "diminished civil rights" in the nation's history.