This is my fourth year as president of the Edwardsville NAACP. So, I’ll open with a resounding thank you for your support and commitment to the values and principles of the NAACP. I believe that if it were not for the social and civic programs and court decisions produced by the NAACP and other organizations my career and successes may have not been the same. I am grateful to all the men and women (all races, creeds, nationalities, colors,…), who did not remain silent, and have stood and still stand today to create a fair and just America, yes a ‘Great America’.
We are here to share and celebrate community success stories in business, community service, education and individual accomplishments. I salute all of today’s honorees. However, I would be remiss if I did not say just a few words about the unnerving and malevolent climate in our country. No civilization has progressed and survived by returning to the woeful days of the past. It won’t happen now. This place, that we call home, has always been a beacon of hope and haven of rest for the people in this country and across the world. Many lives will remain entrenched in oppression if our nation’s systemic values are irreconcilably or callously changed. Hope and prayer are the foundation for the betterment of all wayward situations. However, concerted actions are required to affect change. No matter how long you hold it, a moment of silence will not prevent or change the forces that bring destruction or support the spread of tyranny.
Your vote is one of the most powerful weapons that an American citizen has to express or support life changing issues. I urge you to become an active participant in the voting process by becoming an active voter. Don’t become apathetic, write letters to elected officials, attend meetings, volunteer, and maybe run for office. The better voter is the informed voter. Sadly, I’d like to acknowledge all the losses to families that have been attacked by the senseless acts of gun violence that occur in our streets and in our schools.
2018 is the year in which we commemorate, not celebrate, 100 years of the NAACP and 50 years after the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Edwardsville NAACP has a long history of working together with civic leaders, community members, businesses, and judiciaries to make our beautiful city more equitable for all. We continue to have great success in accomplishing our goals, and we invite all to join us in this great work!
The Edwardsville NAACP Educational Grant is awarded to deserving graduating Edwardsville High School Seniors. Application are being accepted NOW!!!!
Our organization is only as good as our members. Luckily, we have the best people in the world working with us to help succeed.
Creating a better world can’t be done from the sidelines. Take action, and help our city improve! Raise your voice for change.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination