National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - St. Mary's County, Maryland - Branch #7025   

NAACP - St. Mary's County, Maryland - Branch #7025
NAACP - St. Mary's County, Maryland - Branch #7025
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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**NEW!**
Minutes from General Meetings



2009 marked the 100th Anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The NAACP is the nation's oldest pre-eminent civil-rights organization.
Join Us at Our Monthly Meeting
 
General Meeting
(Open to the public)
Last Thursday of each month
6:30 pm
Location:
Jan & Feb - Lexington Park Library
Mar thru Nov - SoMD Higher Ed Center

For additional info:
St. Mary’s County Branch NAACP
Post Office Box 189
Lexington Park, MD 20653
301-863-3011

Report Civil Rights Violations  

Keep the local NAACP informed of the civil rights violations that you witness. File an official NAACP complaint if this violation has directly impacted you.

In order to track civil rights violations, the NAACP asks St. Mary's County folks to fill out a complaint form and disclaimer every time your civil rights, or the civil rights of others have been violated. Due to the nature of the NAACP organization, your complaint will not be acted upon unless it is completely filled out and your signature appears on every page. Forms can be downloaded in PDF format, printed, filled out, signed, and then mailed to us at:
St. Mary's County NAACP
Post Office Box 189
Lexington Park, MD 20653

Legal Redress Chairman:
Sam Taylor
legalredresschairnaacp@gmail.com

WELCOME TO THE ST. MARY'S COUNTY NAACP

St. Mary’s County Branch NAACP
African American History Month

Theme: "The Crisis in Black Education"

“The crisis in black education first began in the days of slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write. In pre-Civil War northern cities, free blacks were forced as children to walk long distances past white schools on their way to the one school relegated solely to them. Whether by laws, policies, or practices, racially separated schools remained the norm in America from the late nineteenth century well into our own time.

Throughout the last quarter of the twentieth century and continuing today, the crisis in black education has grown significantly in urban neighborhoods where public schools lack resources, endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and confront policies that fail to deliver substantive opportunities. The touted benefits of education remain elusive to many blacks of all ages. Tragically, some poorly performing schools serve as pipelines to prison for youths.

Yet, African American history is rich in centuries-old efforts of resistance to this crisis: the slaves’ surreptitious endeavors to learn; the rise of black colleges and universities after the Civil War; unrelenting battles in the courts; the black history movement; the freedom schools of the 1960s; and local community-based academic and mentorship programs that inspire a love of learning and thirst for achievement. Addressing the crisis in black education should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s past, present, and future. “

Excerpts from the Association for the Study of African American Life & History

NAACP Events & More

Executive Committee representation, members and families are needed to support these events!

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Her Mission's Relevance For Today: Remembering Agnes Kane Callum
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Lexington Park Library Meeting Room B

In Honor of Black History Month and the ASALH 2017 theme,
The Crisis in Black Education,
Historic Sotterley presents:
Remembering Agnes Kane Callum:
Her Mission's Relevance for Today
This event is free to the public.

In the early 1970s, Agnes Callum came to Historic Sotterley. She had traced her ancestry to Sotterley, not through ownership but through the people who had once been enslaved there. She knew that education and knowledge brought power, pride, and peace. This presentation will examine how Historic Sotterley is attempting to live up to Ms. Callum's high calling for education and why the study of our collective history is so important to us all in our continued quest for equality in education and opportunity today.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Community Wellness Day
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Loffler Senior Activity Center

NAACP Health Committee Display – Supporting the Campaign to Build a Youth Community Center in Lexington Park to support the critical needs of our youth. In the past, and NOW more than ever there is a need for a place in Lexington Park and other areas of the county that provide youth with more opportunities to engage in constructive activities in a safe, sober and drug free environment. Sponsored by the Minority Outreach Coalition.

2017 College Fair FlyerFriday, February 17, 2017
5th Annual College & Career Fair
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dr. James A Forrest Career & Technology Center

In honor of African American History Month - 5th Annual College & Career Fair Sponsored by the St. Mary’s County NAACP in Partnership with St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Featuring Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCU) and local colleges.
-- Schools & Community Invited


Saturday, February 18, 2017
Come Together (Black History Month Program)
2:00 pm
Lexington Park Library Meeting Rooms A & B

Join us to learn about African culture through dance, music, and Storytelling. Ssuuna will share music from his native Uganda with authentic African instruments, such as the thumb piano and the one-stringed fiddle. All ages, no registration required. Co-sponsored by the NAACP, the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), and the Minority Outreach Coalition (MOC).

Thursday, February 23, 2017
St. Mary’s County NAACP Branch Meeting
6:30 pm
Lexington Park Library

Topic-“ School Climate and Discipline: Knowing the Data and Finding Solutions”
2017 Black History Month theme focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans- Guest Speaker: Dr. Charles Ridgell, Director of Students Services in St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Dr. Ridgell will share the disaggregated data on student suspensions and expulsions in SMCPS and discuss actions being taken by the school system to reduce or eliminate disparities among student groups in our schools. We will begin a discussion of the root causes of these disparities and the role of parents and the community to support students and staff to ensure that students will become positive and productive citizens in our community.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Delicados Women’s Wellness Day – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Loffler Senior Center
21905 Chancellor's Run Road
Great Mills, MD 20634

 

A YEAR IN REVIEW


Click on image to view St. Mary's County Branch #7025 PowerPoint Presentation

December 16, 2016
The St. Mary’s County Branch NAACP #7025 Installed officers and Executive Committee members at their Annual Meeting on Dec. 16th at the County Inn & Suites in California, MD.


l-r George Brown, Anna Moseley, Agnes Fenwick, Stuart Newkirk (assistant treasurer), Anthony Branch (treasurer), Delores Wilson (assistant secretary), Sylvia Brown (2nd vice-president) Mia Bowers (1st vice-president and Janice Walthour (president). Not pictured Cindy Barnes (secretary),Roderick Lewis (St. Mary’s College Intern), Charlottis Woodley, Darlene Johnson, Sam Taylor, Tommy Herndon, Elsie Lawrence, Alonzo Gaskin, and Nathaniel Scroggins.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
FREEDOM FUND GALA


Elsie Lawrence (r), Banneker Class of 1958 presents $1000 check to Delores Wilson (l) for the NAACP’s Claudia Pickeral Scholarship Fund at the NAACP’s 2016 Freedom Fund and 70th Anniversary Gala. Ms. Wilson is chair of the scholarship fund.

70th Anniversary
St. Mary's County Branch
Celebrating 70 Years
1946-2016

A Special Thank You to All Who Supported Our Annual
FREEDOM FUND GALA
70th Anniversary Celebration on October 8, 2016
“Persevering Through it All”
It was a tremendous success!!

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P.O. Box 189 Lexington Park, MD 20653
(301) 863-3011
www.stmarysnaacp.org
e-mail: stmarysnaacp@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed for "St. Mary's County Reads"

“St. Mary’s County Reads” is a new literacy program that has been developed through a community collaboration with Southern Maryland Youth Ministries (SMYM), St. Mary’s County NAACP, the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the St. Mary’s County Public Library. It is designed to encourage children to develop an interest, habit and desire for reading and help children be ready to learn to read when they start kindergarten!

Volunteers will be at the Lexington Park Branch of DSS, on Mondays and Wednesdays for only one and a half hour intervals from 8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m. to read to young children who have come with their parents to the office for service. We want to help motivate children to read, encourage parents to read to their children and take advantage of the many programs and services for young children that the Library offers. Programs such as the 500 By Five Reading Program are designed to motivate parents and children to read 500 books by age five to help children be ready to learn to read when they start kindergarten!

Each volunteer will be expected to complete a consent for background clearance form, and it will require that their signature be notarized. If you are interested in volunteering and want more Information about St. Mary’s County Reads, Contact: Likie Milton (Southern Maryland Youth Ministry) e-mail: ld_milton@yahoo.com or Janice Walthour (NAACP), lwalthour@md.metrocast.net.

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