Virginia NAACP Statement on U.S. Census Bureau Data Release

RICHMONDVirginia State Conference NAACP Political Action Chair Gaylene Kanoyton released the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau 2020 Census data release earlier today:

“Today the U.S. Census Bureau released 2020 census data, starting a 45-day window for the Virginia Redistricting Commission to draw district maps for the next decade.

While we will analyze the public data in the coming weeks, the Virginia NAACP urges all Virginians to make their voices heard through public comment and testimony to the Virginia Redistricting Commission. 

The Virginia NAACP remains committed to ensuring that Virginia maps are drawn in a manner that does not dilute the voting power of Black and Brown Virginians.”

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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