RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond NAACP branch will install a new president in less than 24 hours, but first, he's talking to NBC12 about his plans for his two-year term. James "JJ" Minor says the civil rights group is needed more than ever before.
"It's needed now more than ever," said Minor. "There is a lot of ugliness or darkness going on right now in the country, which is racism. Racism is real, and it's something that we are going to have to tackle and address."
Minor says he has been encouraged to see youth from all walks of life taking to the streets of Richmond in largely peaceful protests against perceived injustice.
"That's one of the reasons why I'm having this membership 1,000 drive, and that is to get more folks involved in the Richmond branch NAACP," said Minor.
An 18-year-old female was shot and killed in Mosby Court on Sunday. Minor admits there is room for groups like the NAACP to be more proactive when it comes to tackling crime in predominately African-American communities.
"I've been out there with stop the violence tours, trying to bring conflict resolution in," said Minor. "One thing I think that would help decrease violence is if we have one or two police officers in public housing each day, not just public housing, but also in hot spots in the city of Richmond."
The 41-year-old president-elect says he believes it's his job to attract a new generation of members and community activists.
"We are the largest grassroots civil rights organization that exists in this country, and it was founded by a multi-racial group of progressive thinkers," said Minor.
And so this son of a delegate, Del. Delores McQuinn to be exact, says he's ready to hit the ground running.
"But don't get it twisted," said Minor. "I will stand up for what's right, and if it means stepping on some folks toes, so be it. I was always taught you stand up for what's right, even if it means standing alone."
Minor will official be installed Tuesday evening at an event is open to the public on North 3rd Street at Club 533.
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