The 108th NAACP Annual National Convention

This years National Convention is being held in Baltimore, Maryland in the Baltimore Convention Center from July 22 through July 26.

The purpose of the Convention is to establish policies and programs of action for the ensuing year.  Our branch of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP is being represented!

ATTN: Members

Dear Members :

I would like to remind everyone that we do have a protocol for presenting issues to the President and the Executive Committee. The Secretary shared copies of the procedure at the April meeting. (A reminder of the accepted protocol is attached).

We definitely are interested in the concerns of our members, and we will respond to your concerns after reviewing what they might be. One thing to remember, we are  a civil rights organization!

I apologize for not reminding members who were not present when we discussed the protocol in earlier meetings, and, for our new members, we need to make sure that you are aware of the process. This process allows an opportunity for all members to have a voice, and avoids the monopolizing of time by more vocal members.

 

We find that once we abide by NAACP rules, whether or not we agree with them, it serves to allow us to operate in an orderly and productive manner.

We are currently making plans for our major fund raising event for the year, the Freedom Fund Banquet. I sincerely hope that all members will be active in supporting this event. More information regarding the Freedom Fund Banquet  will be sent to members. If you have questions, please let our Secretary know. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

Janette Boyd Martin, President

 

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NAACP To Counter Virginia KKK Rally with Peace Rally

NAACP To Counter Virginia KKK Rally with Peace Rally

Hate-Group Seeking to Contest Removal of Confederate Statue

Malik Russell
Director of Communications
mrussell@naacpnet.org
410-580-5761 office

Contact:  Lynn M. Bod, Secretary
Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP
naacp1947@gmail.com

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 2- 5: p.m. Jack Jouett Middle School 210 Lambs Road Charlottesville, Virginia 22901

Charlottesville, VA—In response to reports of a Klu Klux Klan rally to contest the removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue, the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP plans a peaceful counter rally on Saturday, July 8th in Charlottesville.  The NAACP has committed to removing and advocating the removal of Confederate symbols, including statues and from flags in cities all around the nation. In Charlottesville, they continue to support the call to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee.

In response to the NAACP’s call to remove symbols of hatred and White Supremacy around the nation, many White Supremacist groups have attempted to force jurisdictions to move backwards to a time when racism was lawful and legal by maintaining the symbols of a culture that could only exist off the backs of millions of enslaved Africans.  

The NAACP’s has fought against the KKK for a century and was a staunch  protester of the 1915 film, Birth of a Nation — which depicted freed blacks as slovenly, frivolous, lazy brutes who lusted after white women while depicting the KKK as “gallant saviors” – the film is still used today as a recruitment tool for Klan Membership.

 “As the nation’s oldest and most revered civil rights organization, 108 years to be exact, the NAACP recognizes, appreciates and supports the 1st amendment rights of all persons whether or not we agree with particular forms of expression,” said Janette B. Martin, President, and Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP.

“We will remain vigilant and true to our mission: to ensure the political, social, economic and educational equality of rights of all persons, and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination,” she added.

On Saturday, the Charlottesville NAACP will hold its Albemarle- Steadfast and Immovable Rally from 2- 5: p.m. at the Jack Jouett Middle School 210 Lambs Road Charlottesville, Virginia 22901

The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Branch and other branches throughout Virginia are asking others to join them in taking a stand against racism and for justice, equality and civil rights.

Confirmed Rally Speakers include:     

  • Janette Boyd Martin, President, Albemarle- Charlottesville NAACP
  • Rev. Dr. Susan Minasian, Pastor, Sojourners United Church of Christ in Charlottesville
  • Joe Szakos, Executive Director, Virginia Organizing
  • Shirley Roundtree, Area Chair, Region 11. VSC
  • George Mentore, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia
  • Walt Heinecke, Associate Professor. Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia
  • Claudrena Harold, Associate Professor of History, Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia
  • Philip Thompson, President, Loudoun County NAACP Branch
  • King Salim Khalfani, Director, Americans Resisting Minority & Ethnic Discrimination
  • Weston Gobar, President, Black Student Alliance at the University of Virginia

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 2- 5: p.m. Jack Jouett Middle School 210 Lambs Road Charlottesville, Virginia 22901

Last month’s NAACP meeting, June 12, 2017

At our regular monthly branch meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Jefferson School City Center, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, Jr. spoke about his past year in Charlottesville and how the police department is handling community relations and law enforcement.

Message from our branch president

As the nation’s oldest and most revered civil rights organization, 108 years to be exact, the NAACP recognizes, appreciates and supports the 1st amendment rights of all persons whether or not we agree with particular forms of expression. We will remain vigilant and true to our mission: to ensure the political, social, economic and educational equality of rights of all persons, and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Janette B. Martin, President
Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP

Last month’s NAACP meeting, April 10, 2017

At our regular monthly branch meeting, Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Cafe,  Dr. Martin N. Davidson, Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration in the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, gave an engaging and thought-provoking talk on the topic:Leveraging Difference in Turbulent Times:  How People Work Can Together When They Can’t Stand Each Other” .

 

Last month’s NAACP meeting, March 13, 2017

At our regular monthly branch meeting, Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Cafe,  Dr. George P. Mentore, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia, gave an engaging and thought-provoking talk on the topic: “Black Resistance Where It Is Not Expected” .

 

Holly Marie Edwards

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dear NAACP Members:

As most of you have heard by now, the NAACP has lost another “foot soldier” – Holly Marie Edwards.

Holly was a Lifetime member of the NAACP. She had served as Health Coordinator and was helpful as a participant in the Freedom Fund Banquet. Holly was nominated for and elected in November as 2nd Vice President of the Albemarle- Charlottesville NAACP. She had indicated that she wanted to be involved.  We will miss Holly, not only because of her active participation, but as an NAACP foot soldier for justice and equality!

Sincerely,

Janette Boyd Martin, President
Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP

Letter from Janette Boyd Martin

Fellow NAACP Members:

As most of you are aware, after the continuing coverage in the Charlottesville Daily Progress, our re-elected President, Dr. M. Rick Turner has resigned – effective December 31, 2016.

Dr. Turner has been at the helm of the Albemarle–Charlottesville NAACP. After further reflection, he has decided that twelve years is enough as President of the local branch. During his tenure, Dr. Turner represented a sustained vigilant manner in his efforts to put forth a vision that would encompass the mission of the NAACP. His agenda has truly reflected his intent in adhering to what the organization refers to as a “foot soldier” for justice and equality. I join in with our Region 7 National Board members, Debra Brown and Don Cash in expressing our sincere appreciation for his service to the Albemarle- Charlottesville NAACP as well as the Virginia State Conference NAACP.

As of January 1, 2017, in accordance to NAACP By-Laws and Constitution, I will assume the office of President of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP. I have served the local organization as well as the Virginia State Conference NAACP in several capacities. The current climate of uncertainty signals possible challenging times for us. This transition comes at a time when many of us are engaged or occupied with other activities. It is my fervent hope that positive attention to our branch will be a focal point as we think about our Standing Committees and how members might take an interest and become involved in productive ways. Executive members will meet in order to discuss policies and goals for the branch.

So, until then, I look forward to your presence at our first meeting on January 9, 2017.

Respectfully,
Janette Boyd Martin