With the bicentennials of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin the subject of numerous conferences, articles, and television shows this month, we also should remember another important commemoration in 2009: the centennial of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Association celebrated its centennial this week. And next year is the centennial of its magazine, The Crisis.
During the long presidential campaign, and especially on that triumphant evening of November 4, it appeared millions of Americans believed they had found a savior. The spirit in the air suggested that President-elect Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress would soon rally the economy, end wars, and set the captives free. And even now, with every brilliant Cabinet appointment the president-elect makes (at what seem to be daily press conferences), there’s agreement among most pundits that this man is inspired in his choices and that salvation is on the way.