The sounds of a celebration are always festive. The air is filled with excitement and everyone wants to be a part of the fanfare. People eat, dance and often throw caution to the wind. Somehow, many never think of the preparation that’s needed to prepare for the event. Too many don’t want to recognize the danger of the hunt for the meat, the work required to prepare for the feast or the sacrifices many have made to ensure the celebration will be a success. Others leave quickly when it is time to clean up.
This year the Edwardsville Branch is celebrating its’ successes because of the dedication and hard work of many members and supportive organizations. In 2017, we were able to have a presentation by the Edwardsville Police Department at our monthly meeting, sponsor a Black History Month Art Contest in District 7 Elementary Schools providing funds to purchase Black History library materials and have a session on job opportunities in the local warehouse district. At the Freedom Banquet in June we awarded $7000.00 in grants to graduating seniors and college students and recognized community leaders. This fall we will be receiving applications for students to participate in the annual ACT Prep program sponsored by SIUE.
We were proud to support the Edwardsville School District as it successfully passed Proposition E and witness the appointment of a noteworthy citizen to the Edwardsville School Board. Many thanks to others that are giving service in the community.
Yes, we still hold voter registration drives, ask members to become election judges, ask members to seek political office, and answer numerous concerns about violations of employment laws and civil rights. The officers of the NAACP attend many meetings and events to represent citizen interest. Our voice will only be as forceful and meaningful as the people we represent. Therefore, we implore you to stand with us by taking a membership in the NAACP to give us a strong voice.
In light of the challenges we are experiencing at the state and national level, you must be willing to do your share to maintain the great democracy we live in today. The voice of the people will always resound and the will of the people will always prevail. I challenge you. If you are looking for that one person who can make a difference in our community, in our state, or in our nation, look in the mirror. We invite you to join us at the celebration. The struggle continues.
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