February 12, 1909. Last week the Long Island Branches of the NAACP celebrated their organization's 100th anniversary. Tuskegee Airman Lee Hayes of East Hampton was one of the honorees at a luncheon on Februry 7 attended by close to 1000 members and their guests. The keynote speaker was Rev. Al Sharpton.Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded on
WPKN's Henry Letcher reports from East Hampton: (audio clip here)
Rev. Al Sharpton's speech brought attendees to their feet as he spoke about the NAACP's mission
(full equality has not been achieved, there's more work to do), those who think the civil rights
activists had nothing to do with their success (they are wrong), and those hip hop artists who use the N-word (N...s don't have civil rights). Rev. Sharpton was introduced by NAACP NY State President, Ms. Hazel Dukes.
Rev. Sharpton's full speech (31 minutes)