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NAACP Lauds Academy For Its Push For Diversity With New Membership

The organization continues to believe that the “O” in Oscar should stand for Opportunity.

MCP/REX/Shutterstock (1131796h) Oscar preparations - poster of Oscar statuettes Preparations for the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater, Los Angeles, America - 01 Mar 2010

This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that they had invited a total of 683 new members to join the organization, striving to bring #OscarsSoWhite to an end.

Of the people invited, 46 percent are women and 41 percent people of color. Assuming they all accept, this would make the Academy 27 percent female rather than 25 percent and would push up the percentage of people of people go from 8 percent to 11 percent.

Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP board of directors, released a statement on July 1 applauding the Academy’s diversity efforts and praising its president for opening more doors. “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,” she stated.

READ MORE: How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

She added that the progress that is being made by AMPAS is certainly going in a very positive direction, and that more can always be done.

Read her entire statement below:

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

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