Statewide Candidates Invited to the 82nd Annual Virginia State Conference NAACP Convention, October 28, 2017

Saturday, October 28th, 2017  from 2:00pm- 4:00pm
at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump

RICHMOND, Va. — Today, all candidates seeking statewide offices to include: Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General have been invited to the 82nd Annual Convention Virginia State Conference NAACP being held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump, from 2:00pm- 4:00pm. “We look forward to having all candidates at our Convention to share some time to discuss their platforms and address concerns of the Virginia State Conference NAACP “  said Linda Thomas, President of the Virginia State Conference NAACP

Affordable Housing Meetings Coming Up – Please Attend!

This Tuesday (9/12) at 10am and 6pm at the Ix Building  (955 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA  22902)

Show up to show you care!  These meetings, also called “charettes” will bring together the community and consultants who are working on part of the plans for the Strategic Investment Area (SIA).  They need to see community members and their supporters to understand how important affordable housing is, especially for people making $30,000 or less.  For more info. See the Charlottesville Low-Income Housing Coalition website:

Please mark your calendar, hope to see you Tuesday!

Emily Dreyfus | Community Organizer | Legal Aid Justice Center | 1000 Preston Avenue | Charlottesville, Virginia  22903 | 434-529-1809 |


 The event was held on Thursday, September 7.


The Forum was a tremendous and historic event!

It was a packed house! 

VUU officials were very happy, supported by many top leadership groups, organizations, pastors, businesses and individuals from all across Virginia.

Media from all TV, print, radio and social media were present.

Coverage has begun and will continue to have a positive impact.

The organizing officials have formed a solid foundation on which to build for years and years to come!


Scholarships for Students

Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are a handful of scholarships with September 2017 due dates:

Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

Gates Scholarship

Sponsor: The Gates Scholarship

Amount: Cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the EFC
Closing Date: September 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors who are student leaders. Ideal candidates will have an outstanding academic record in high school (top 10% of graduating class), demonstrated leadership ability, and exceptional personal success skills.

We the Future Contest
Sponsor: Constituting America
Amount: Varied based on class standing
Closing Date: September 17, 2017
Description: Contest is open to K-12 students, college students, law school students, graduate schools students, adults 25 years of age and older, and seniors 65 years of age and older. Each age group has different requirements, so applicants should visit website for details.

Siemens Competition
Sponsor: Siemens Foundation
Amount: Up to $100,000
Closing Date: September 19, 2017
Description: Competition is open to individuals and teams of up to three students in grades nine through 12. Students are encouraged to do research in mathematics, engineering, biological, or physical science.

Questbridge Scholars
Sponsor: Questbridge
Amount: Full Tuition
Closing Date: September 27, 2017
Description: Program is open to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States. Applicant must have primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available, be in the top 5-10% of their graduating class, have a 1310 on the SAT or PSAT or 28 on the ACT. Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. The program is only open for students considering one or more of Questbridge’s college partners (see website for details).

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9-12 and current college or graduate school students. Applicant must complete a short form and share a 140-character statement explaining why they will not text and drive.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less. $500 InstaScholarship
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: Contest is open to all U.S. citizens who are either currently enrolled in high school and plan to attend a U.S. Department of Education accredited institution of higher education or are currently enrolled in a U.S. Department of Education accredited institution of higher learning. Applicant must share a post/pic of their top priorities for this upcoming school year and tag @scholdotcom and use #InstaScholarship on Instagram.

Shout It Out Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.


Meeting Features UVA Professor Dr. Maurice Apprey
Topic: “Health Consequences for the Black Community”

The Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017.  Meetings start at 7 PM and are held at the Jefferson School City Center located at 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the Mary Williams Center).  The meeting will feature Dr. Maurice Apprey, African American Professor of Psychiatric Medicine and Dean of the Office of African American Affairs at The University of Virginia.  Dr. Apprey’s topic will be “Memory and Defeat: Health Consequences for the Black Community.”


We are sincerely grateful for the expressions of faith, hope, and love shown by the cards, letters, phone calls and monetary support for our mission.  At this time, we are unable to respond personally to each individual outpouring of support. The compassion, caring, and generosity of so many of you who are united in the belief that ALL people are created equal has given us further momentum to continue our struggle for justice and equality for ALL.

Janette B. Martin, President

Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP


August 2017 Branch meeting: Showing of the movie 13th

Monday, August 14, 2017  In lieu of our regular meeting and in partnership with the Jefferson-Madision Regional Library, the film "13th" will be shown on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the  Central Library – 201 E. Market St.

"13th" is a Netflix original documentary.  Filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States – focusing on the fact that the nations prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

The documentary was done in 2016 and lasts 100 minutes.  This event is free and open to the public.


The presidents of the National, Virginia State Conference of the NAACP, and the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP have issued the following joint statement regarding the senseless racist hate rally, violence and loss of life in Charlottesville, Virginia:

“As people can see now very clearly, not voting has consequences,” stated Janette Martin, president of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP. "On numerous occasions the city of Charlottesville has spent thousands of dollars to support KKK rallies – and city merchants have expressed their dissatisfaction with the loss of revenue that occurs during these rallies." Martin added. "Violence did not have to be demonstrated in order to express freedom of speech. It appears that free speech was secondary to their main purpose which was to wreak havoc and violence in the community.They have been emboldened by the words and vocabulary of elected officials at the highest levels."  Martin concluded, " we commend the people of faith here in Charlottesville for working hard to set a moral tone, and sacrificing themselves and their safety to drown out the message of hate especially as we have students and parents returning to the UVA campus for the start of the school year."

“The terrible incidence of violence in Charlottesville is a painful reminder of the  blatant racism, unbridled lynchings and other violence against citizens of African descent that permeated the history of this country,” said Linda Thomas, president of the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP. "This goes to the very core of the existence of the NAACP and our continuing struggle against forces of hate." 

 "White supremacists and today’s purveyors of hate should find no shadows in which to hide. Our forefathers shed blood so that in 2017, this type of violence would be a footnote of the past." Added Thomas, "We applaud our governor, Terry McAuliffe, whose statement today is in alignment with the NAACP mission. And we encourage the Governor to use the full force of his executive powers to eradicate race based barriers in all areas of life within the state. The Virginia State Conference will remain steadfast in our advocacy and activism as we push forward in our fight for legislative changes, expansion of voting rights and sound public policies that equally serve and protect all citizens within the commonwealth. And we will persist until we drive racism, and racist behavior from our midst." 

“We call on President Trump to denounce this act as an act of terrorism and condemn the repeated rhetoric which has helped to fuel this climate of division and derision,” said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP. “ Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in Charlottesville. We stand firm with our commitment to acknowledge our differences, to embrace them as the richness of the American mosaic and we’ll continue to lead the fight for the right to peaceably assemble.”

Pipeline to Prison

Dr. M. Rick Turner

Dr. M. Rick Turner, Immediate Past President of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP will speak on Pipeline to Prison at the Democrats Breakfast meeting on August 19 at 9:00 A.M. at the JMRL Central Library at 225 Market Street.