( CNN) The NAACP has described itself as the “oldest and boldest” civil right group in America, but it may soon tack on another term to its billing: “woke.”
The slang term, used to describe an unaware person who has become socially conscious, is how one national NAACP leader described the group’s recent metamorphosis. Others talked with unabashed excitement about the civil rights motion becoming “more militant” and “back to the streets.”
In-your-face rhetoric is not usually associated with the venerable NAACP. The 108 -year-old organization has been like the Cadillac of civil right groups — its epithet still has cachet, but people opt newer models of activism. It’s been overshadowed by Black Lives Matter and accused of being obsolete.