Following the statement released by LDS Church and the NAACP on Thursday, May 17, which called for unity and greater racial harmony from the citizens of this nation, the two organizations turned their focus to engaging their respective communities. A luncheon was held on Friday, May 18, to further discuss the statement.
Paul Cobb, a civil rights activist, former editor of the Oakland Tribune, a lifelong member of the NAACP and "a lifelong friend" of the Church, spoke at the luncheon. He stated that the joint announcement from the day before demonstrated that "the NAACP and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are here to move forward into the rest of the 21st century with the model of 'let's just serve.'"
The weekend of events hosted by the Church marks a renewed effort by both organizations to call on the communities of the United States to work towards greater harmony and respect between differing peoples and beliefs.
Watch the video from the luncheon here.