For Immediate Release: 10/13/22
Seeking a way to insure equality in your community? Then join the Albion branch of the NAACP and be part of this historic interracial group of activists.
Albion branch elections for officers and executive board members will be held on Nov. 17 via email or text messaging organized by the national NAACP. In an effort to “Go Green” the national NAACP is conducting all elections electronically rather than by paper ballot. Any member in good standing as of Oct. 24 will be eligible to vote in the local election.
Nomination forms must be returned by members by Oct. 27. Members seeking branch offices must have been in good standing as of May 1, 2022. Information on this process and on elections is available on the branch Constant Contact email sent to all members.
Membership allows you to work with activists and organizers in the local NAACP branch to organize marches, rallies and direct action campaigns to bring attention to local issues. Being a member also helps support access to quality education, healthcare, economic opportunities and advocate for laws and policies to improve the community for all citizens.
Led by President Robert Dunklin the local NAACP branch has been active in promoting many educational opportunities and programs including helping to establish the new Albion College branch and supporting students in Marshall High School. Recently the branch organized the successful Back-to-School event at Harrington Elementary. Some branch members maintain a plot in the Albion Community Gardens. This season the NAACP plot has provided over 300 pounds of fresh vegetables for food distributions in the community.
In addition the branch membership has been involved in bringing attention to city issues involving inequality in the workplace. The branch endorsed a community survey about local public safety department perceptions and about community usage of city parks. The parks survey helped guide the direction of the de Nicola $2 million gift to the Albion Community Foundation part of which was used to develop the new McIntosh Park splashpad and playground.
The NAACP or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was established in 1909 and is America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. It was formed in New York City by white and Black activists, partially in response to the ongoing violence against African Americans around the country. In the NAACP’s early decades its anti-lynching campaign was central to its agenda. During the civil rights era in the 1950s and 1960s the group won major legal victories and today the NAACP has more than 2,200 branches and some half a million members worldwide.
The NAACP’s founding members included white progressives Mary White Ovington, Henry Moskowitz, William English Walling and Oswald Garrison Villard, along with such African Americans as W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Wells-Barnett, Archibald Grimke and Mary Church Terrell.
PHOTO CAPTION: The local Albion NAACP branch is active in the community. One example is the bountiful harvest from the Albion Community Garden’s plot maintained by branch members which is shared with food distributions in Albion. Over 300 pounds of vegetables were distributed to the community by the local branch.