UNION COUNTY — Needy elementary school students in Union County will get some help thanks to the Union County Branch of the NAACP.
On Friday, Sept. 8, officers and members of the Union County Branch of the NAACP visited the Union County School District Office and met with Superintendent Dr. William Roach. During that meeting, James Rice, President of the Union County Branch of the NAACP, presented a check for $1,225 to Dr. Roach and the district with the funds to be split equally among the five elementary schools in the district. In presenting the check, Rice said that the NAACP wanted to give to the schools so they could meet the needs of students who were in need.
Each year, the NAACP makes a donation to the school district to help needy students. The funds are raised by the members of the NAACP.
Also taking part in the meeting and the presentation ceremony were NAACP Treasurer Willie Browning, Vice President Charlie Jennings, Assistant Treasurer Walter Browning, Lifetime Member Cevera Lipsey, and members Annie Bell, Sallie Bowser and Ida Walker.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is, according to its website (www.naacp.org) “the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.”
The website states that “the mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”
The website further states that “the vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.”
The website also lists what it describes as “the principal objectives of the NAACP” listed in the organization’s constitution as being:
• To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
• To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
• To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
• To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
• To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
• To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.