State of Emergency Following Atlanta Uprising

ATLANTA, GA (May 30, 2020) -- The uprising in Downtown Atlanta today was an outcry for justice for the many lives of Black people who have died at the hands of racial violence. People are done dying – whether from COVID-19, at the hands of racist vigilantes, or police brutality.

“What we witnessed today in the streets of Atlanta highlights the urgency of this moment to create systemic changes that not only hold murderers responsible for the lynching of our black bodies but also to ensure that no other family has to experience this kind of agonizing pain ever again. We plan to continue our advocacy during this very difficult moment to fight for these needed reforms so that these kinds of events which we saw tonight will not have to happen ever again,” says Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP.

The Georgia NAACP will continue to work alongside the Just Georgia Coalition to ensure that every single individual that is complicit in the injustices that continue to threaten black life is held accountable until justice is served in every case. As we still believe in the freedom of all humanity, we remain committed to not resting until it comes. Right now we are calling on everyone to unite around this outrage and fight for the justice we demand.

“We will continue to support the Minneapolis and Louisville NAACP branches in their fight for justice in George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s murders, respectively, while continuing to work here in Georgia to secure justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Jimmy Atchinson, Shali Tilson, Yassin Mohamed, and so many others,” concludes Rev. Woodall


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at

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