As president of the Madera NAACP Branch 1084, I would like to share with all that it is our belief and hope that the vital civil rights work must continue locally, and the Madera Branch 1084 membership is staying diligent and ready to address civil rights issues as they arise in our community. We voluntarily serve and do to help keep Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” alive and well.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP), founded in 1909, is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and a strong civil rights worker for others. As Dr. King worked voluntarily as well, so do we in the present NAACP as community leaders. As Dr. King gave unselfishlessly of himself for civil rights issues, that took much compassion and time away from his family and home, as is the case with us here in the local community. Many called on Dr. King for all manner of issues that they felt needed to be addressed by him and the NAACP, because the organization is a multicultural organization and not created for just one nationality, as it has been portrayed incorrectly.
We here at the local NAACP Branch 1084, also give of our time voluntarily to help with issues that confront us and are brought to our attention by a vast number of people. We are not lawyers or attorneys, and we do not have legal backgrounds to do a lot of the work we are called for, nor do we have any anyone that will donate their time pro-bono. We are not able to give the issues all our devout attention because many of our members are seniors and unable to give of the time needed at all times of the day.
Our local Madera NAACP Branch 1084 has an ongoing membership drive and we invite you to consider becoming part of our membership, to better help us to do the dire civil rights work that is needed and that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., envisioned. The civil rights work is never over, but always on-going and it takes a compassionate heart to want to bring the changes into reality that it takes through grass-root activisms.
The NAACP is a non-violent organization and we are non-partisan. We are active in continued voter registrations and getting the vote out. There is always a continual need to stay registered to vote, because that is your voice to let the legislators know what direction you want them to pursue for the betterment of all, not for a few they prefer. If, we are to help in keeping Dr. King’s dream alive and well, then we must not stop working to do the civil rights work that he gave his life for. This week is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, and on Sunday there will be a program at Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School to honor Dr. King, hosted by the MLK event committee, it would be wonderful for all to attend and support their good work.
The NAACP Black History Program is going to be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Madera South High School auditorium at 6 p.m. Our program will again feature the “Living Museum,” skits, songs and much more. The Black History Program is free to attend, and there will be a concession stand available. The last date for any students ages kindergarten through college to still be a part of the program, will be on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Blanche Galloway Room of the Madera County Main Library, 121 N. G St., from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call Michelle at 481-3511 for additional information. There is need for older students for several select skits and it is hoped that they will participate.
Our local NAACP Branch 1084 works are small in size and scope at this time but can enlarge and be of more influence, with a membership in size that can not be ignored. We invite you to join us. The annual adult fee is $30 a year and the fee for the youth and college is $10 a year.
We, the Madera NAACP Branch 1084, do honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his “I Have A Dream” vision and speech and we are diligently doing all we can in the areas of education, criminal justice, racial discrimination of all types towards all people, racial hate, and economic equality for all, we know we can do more, we need your help. Please consider joining our local efforts and thank you in advance. Call 481-3511 for additional information.
President, Madera NAACP Branch 1084