The NAACP was formed partly in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, the capital of Illinois and the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln. Appalled at the violence that was committed against blacks, a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard (both descendants of abolitionists), William English Walling, and Dr. Henry Moscowitz issued a call for a meeting to discuss racial justice.
Some 60 people, seven of whom were African-American (including W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Mary Church Terrell), signed the call, which was released on the centennial of Lincoln's birth. Since then, the NAACP has grown into being the nation's oldest, largest, and most widely recognized grassroots based civil rights organization.
The NAACP has changed America’s history. Since its founding in 1909, NAACP has played a critical part in the nation’s civil rights movement.
It is with heavy hearts that the NAACP Stockton Branch share the news of the passing of our cherished member and a true pillar of our community, Ms. Dorothy L. Jones. Her profound impact on our branch, as well as the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County, leaves an indelible mark that will be remembered with deep gratitude and respect.
Ms. Jones's unwavering dedication to civil rights, community advocacy, and her significant role within our branch have left an enduring legacy. Her contributions, spanning over six decades, reflect a lifetime committed to justice, equality, and uplifting the voices of the marginalized.
As we come together to mourn her loss, let us also celebrate the remarkable life she lived and the positive change she brought to countless lives. Ms. Dorothy L. Jones's influence will continue to resonate within our community, inspiring us to carry forward the torch of advocacy and service.
During this difficult time, our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to Ms. Jones's family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing and working alongside her. May her memory be a source of strength and inspiration as we continue the vital work she so passionately championed.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 2 E. Oak Street, Stockton, CA 95202
2023 ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND GALA
NAACP gala celebrates
freedom and diversity
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Stockton Branch hosted its annual Freedom Fund Gala with the theme of “Thriving Together: Our Power Cannot be Shut Down.
The event highlighted strength and courage the black community harvests as a unit, reminding everyone there is always strength in numbers, according to organizers of the gala which took place last weekend at the Mercedes Benz Dealership located on Trinity Parkway in Stockton.
“I think that it is really important to thrive together because all is greater than the sum of the physical parts. When we put our minds together we can achieve more than what you can imagine,” said Charles Davis, CEO of Irepair, a local tech repair company.
Dr. Linnea Williams, a Kaiser Permenante family doctor and NAACP member, says that today African Americans including herself have faced struggles that created many barriers that pushed the growth of community backward.
The NAACP Stockton Executive Committee and Youth Council delegates attended the CA/HI NAACP State Conference 36th Annual State Convention in San Francisco, centered around the powerful theme of "This Is How We Thrive."
The Youth and College Division of the CA/HI NAACP State Conference organized an incredible lineup of workshops, including the thought-provoking "Stop the Hate Mock Trial," a Youth Focused Dinner, a crucial Juvenile Justice Workshop, and an enlightening Health Forum.
One of the highlights was an exclusive preview of "The Space Race," a National Geographic documentary that beautifully interweaves the inspiring stories of Black astronauts determined to shatter the chains of social injustice in their quest to touch the stars.
WOMEN IN NAACP: FOSTERING EQUITY IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., San Francisco Chapter, in collaboration with the Women in NAACP Stockton Branchengage in meaningful discussions surrounding the experiences of black women entrepreneurs. This dynamic collaboration brings together two powerhouse organizations committed to advancing the economic prosperity and influence of black women in business.
The Fostering Equity in Entrepreneurship discussion served as a pivotal forum for aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike. It provides a dynamic platform where innovative ideas, strategic insights, and practical advice converge to propel ventures forward. Through engaging conversations and shared experiences, participants gain valuable perspectives on navigating the challenges inherent in the entrepreneurial journey. Topics ranging from ideation and business planning to funding strategies and market entry are explored, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape. Moreover, this discussion fosters a sense of community and collaboration, encouraging entrepreneurs to leverage collective knowledge for mutual growth. By nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship, we aim to cultivate a thriving ecosystem where creativity flourishes, businesses thrive, and lasting connections are forged.
23RD ANNUAL WOMAN OF COLOR & MAN ABOUT TOWN GALA
The Executive Committee of the NAACP Stockton Branch takes great pleasure in actively participating in various community events that celebrate and acknowledge greatness. This past weekend, we had the honor of supporting and enjoying the 23rd Annual Woman of Color and Man About Town Gala. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the African American Chamber of Commerce for organizing and hosting such a successful event. It was a joyous occasion where we celebrated the achievements and contributions of exceptional individuals in our community. The NAACP Stockton Branch Executive Committee believes in fostering unity, empowerment, and recognition within our community, and we look forward to continuing our involvement in events that uplift and highlight the achievements of all individuals.
2023 STATE OF THE CITY OF STOCKTON
The NAACP Stockton Branch Executive Committee played an active role in the city's affairs by advocating for the rights and addressing issues that specifically impacted people of color. Their efforts were widely recognized, and this became particularly evident during a significant public event, where the press and media eagerly covered their involvement.
The event served as a testament to the Committee's dedication and their significant role in advocating for equity and justice. The press and media coverage not only elevated the Committee's voice but also brought public attention to the issues affecting people of color in the community. Through their active involvement and the media's amplification, the NAACP Stockton Branch Executive Committee made a lasting impact on the city, leaving an indelible mark in the pursuit of a more inclusive and equitable society.
ANNUAL NAACP STOCKTON BRANCH PRAYER BREAKFAST
The Annual NAACP Prayer Breakfast was a good time! It was a time of Prayer and Reflection. We appreciate the inspiring message from our Keynote Speaker Rick L. Calender, President of CA/HI NAACP State Conference. We had the opportunity to connect with members of the community who are passionate about social Justice!
President Callender also serves on the NAACP National Board of Directors. Mr. Callender earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Technology with an emphasis in electronic and computer technology from California State University, Chico.
He completed all coursework for his Master of Arts in Public Administration from San Jose StateUniversity, earned his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern California University School of Law, and is a member of the California State Bar. Callender is the Chief Executive Officer of Valley Water where he oversees an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water; flood protection; and environmental stewardship of waterways for Santa Clara County's 1.9 million residents.
DAY AT THE CAPITOL
The CA/HI NAACP Day at the Capitol serves as a platform for mobilizing communities, advocating for policies, and promoting dialogue between lawmakers and the NAACP, all with the goal of advancing civil rights and equality for African Americans and people of color. Our voices were heard and presence was felt!
Through the Day at the Capitol, the youth of the NAACP gain invaluable firsthand experience in mobilizing communities, advocating for policies, and actively participating in the democratic process. Their presence and voices leave an indelible impact, sending a powerful message of determination, unity, and resilience in the pursuit of civil rights and equality. This immersive experience equips them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to become effective leaders, capable of driving transformative change in their communities and beyond.
Furthermore, the youth took part in impactful discussions with legislators, policymakers, and influential community leaders. These dialogues provide an invaluable platform for them to articulate their perspectives, share personal experiences, and advocate for the needs and rights of their communities. By engaging directly with decision-makers, they gain firsthand experience in navigating the complexities of legislative processes and policy advocacy.