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NAACP in Bryan is growing
Guest columnist

The Bryan County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is proud to take an active role in this momentous occasion, the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Parade of Richmond Hill Georgia.

Dr. King is considered a formative figure in the civil rights movement. He served on the executive committee of the NAACP Montgomery Branch in the 1950’s and his involvement included leadership in the various boycotts, marches and rallies of the 1960’s up to his assassination in 1968.

In June 2018 various Bryan County members recognized the urgent need to have an active local NAACP branch largely due to the prevailing political, economic, and social climate of the country. The branch was reorganized in July of 2018 and currently has growing membership of greater than 50. In the very short time since reorganization, the branch has hosted a successful political forum (with 9 state and local candidates participating) and conducted several membership interest meetings (July- December 2018), and elected new officers. Dr. King wrote in his 1963 The Letter from the Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Following in the footsteps of Dr. King we recognize the demand for leadership in the local community and encourage people of all races and nationalities to join and help to shoulder the burden. As we continue this time of preparation and possible actions, we wholly embrace the mission of the National Office of NAACP that states, “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.”

We stand ready to call out injustice in every form.

Looking to the future, the local branch commits to raising awareness of such issues as voter education, voter suppression, veteran assistance, and health and welfare education.

Our immediate goals are to increase membership and provide leadership in all areas of civic engagement.

As a local branch, we need community support, commitment, and involvement. We invite you to join us for a community Black History Program and Installation Ceremony for newly elected NAACP officers.

This event will be held on Feb. 24, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Restoration Worship Center, 7446 US Hwy 17 South, Richmond Hill.

Please like us on Facebook @ NAACP Bryan County, GA Branch.

Phone 912- 800-5549.

 Editor’s note: Quiller is president of the Bryan NAACP. David Williams is vice president, Alicia Clyburn is secretary and Shelia Fields is treasurer.

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