Satia Austin, President of the NCAACP will be the first to receive a mammogram at the Juneteeth event, June 18, 2016. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
This will be Satia’s first mammogram. As a leader in the community, she is helping to dismiss some of the myths and fears about mammograms and breast cancer screening.
The NAACP’s national health agenda includes strategies aimed at improving the health and well-being of African American families and families of color. The NAACP continues to utilize its national voice as a premiere civil rights and advocacy organization to assist in the eradication of racial and ethnic health disparities.