Montclair NAACP's President

Albert Pelham

My message this year is influenced by the hit record released by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes back in 1975.  The recording entitled “Wake Up Everybody,” remained at the top of the charts for weeks.  The lyrics were powerful and thought provoking for many of us back in the day.  Forty-four years later the lyrics and the spirit behind them are every bit as relevant as they were back then and absolutely worth sharing. Wake up everybody, no more sleepin' in bed; No more backward thinkin' time for thinkin' ahead; The world has changed so very much; From what it used to be; There is so much hatred, war and poverty; Wake up all the teachers; time to teach a new way; Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say; Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands; When you teach the children, teach ‘em the very best you can. Folks our country is in a crisis and we all need to wake up!  If you have never heard this recording, please ask Siri to hook you up.  So often today, the extent of our focus is controlled by the news and social media outlets. Once they decide to no longer broadcast about a subject, in our minds, the issue or crisis does not exist. One example is the hurricane victims in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands are still struggling.  Yet we go about our daily lives doing what we do as if everything is right with the world.  Once the news wears down, it’s out-of- sight-out-of-mind! Similarly, the 2020 elections will determine the future of America. What role are you willing to play in this critical decision-making process? Will you continue to sit on the sidelines and take that wait and see what happens approach? Will you continue to have that negative mindset that my vote does not matter? Alternatively, will you educate yourself regarding candidates and issues and vote? Will you stop allowing Political Parties to expect your vote without earning it? Are you willing to hit the streets with voter education and registration?  The choice is yours.  Which one will you choose? Sincerely,   

Albert E. Pelham