The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination. In February, we celebrate Black History. For the NAACP, February 12, 2020 marks our 111th NAACP Founder’s Day, nevertheless, during this time of reflection and celebration, the relevance of NAACP is in question. Leadership is a big undertaking; it is necessary to thank the leadership of Liberty County Branch of NAACP. I would be remiss if I did not give thanks to you leaders who have truly stayed on the course of service to the community. I say, “Thank You”. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, RSV)
The NAACP passionately dealt with the uncomfortable issues in our community, during the last five years. Such as, community police, race, religion, politics, and educational issues. We have found when calling the community together for mass discussions, leaders are more proactive to serve, and citizens are motivated to vote and select leaders that are willing to be inclusive of all. The NAACP have most recently called a Community Mass Meeting to discuss some important issues concerning our County Commissioners lack of citizenship involvement, ethical issues, policies and New Taxes (TSPLOT). No Commissioner sent an RSVP to the meeting; however, we would be remiss if we did not take the time to give thanks to Commissioners Chairman Donald Lovette, Marion Stevens, and Justin Frasier, who showed up to answer the community concerns. Unfortunately, Commissioner Gary Gillard, Eddie Walden, Pat Bowen, and Connie Thrift were not in attendance.
On January 6, 2020, the NAACP read a resolution to the 110 attendees and submitted a signed copy to Chairman Donald Lovette. Chairman Lovette stated he would share it with the absent board members and get back with the NAACP. The Association has yet to receive a response from the commissioners on the resolution.
Based on the outpour of interest, the NAACP will have another Community Mass Meeting, March 2, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at Dorchester Academy to discuss Liberty County Local Legislative Agenda for 2020. This agenda is derived from the many complaints and issues received over the last 3 to 5 years. We welcome all individuals with a heart to lead and serve in a diverse community leaving no one behind...being all inclusive.
The NAACP has been and will continue to work hard with youth and adults to prepare for the journey to the 2020 election. We welcome all to join our Community Mass Meetings while we roll out the NAACP Liberty County Legislative Agenda and greet/hear from current and future leaders. Our current leaders and individuals who are running for office are welcome to attend. If an RSVP is received, an opportunity will be provided to be on the agenda for 3 to 5 minutes. Individuals who sign up at the door will have 1 to 3 minutes, time permitting. We will continue to humbly solicit support and request attendance at the upon coming Community Mass Meeting.
Again, to the leadership of our community, thank you for your continued leadership and commitment to serve and to make our community a better place to live for our children and childrens’ children.
Gold Life Member
Liberty County Branch NAACP