Official statement from Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman NAACP National Board of Directors:
On behalf of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) I want to
compliment The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on their
commitment to diversity across all areas and congratulate the 683 filmmakers
and craftspeople extended invitations to become members of your prestigious
organization. I have had the pleasure of speaking and meeting with Academy
President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is a past recipient of the NAACP Hall of
Fame Award, and applaud her efforts to open the door, especially to more people
of color, women and those that have the opportunity to grow and contribute to
the industry's future. The progress that is being made by AMPAS is certainly
going in a very positive direction with more that can be done. In that regard,
the NAACP has ideas that we believe could further enhance what you are
currently doing. We would welcome the opportunity to share our ideas with you.
We believe the NAACP and AMPAS can play an important and lasting leadership
role in making your overall initiative a model for the entertainment industry.
The NAACP continues to
believe that the "O” in Oscar should stand for Opportunity.
Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman NAACP National
Board of Directors