NAACP Branches Host Back-To-School Events Throughout the Boroughs

The new school year has begun! In support of local students several NAACP Branches gave away hundreds of backpacks and school supplies throughout their communities, including Mid-Manhattan Branch, Jamaica Branch and Brooklyn Branch.

The Mid-Manhattan Branch, led by President Geoffrey E. Eaton, hosted their 1st Annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway at the Children’s Aid - Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem. The Mid-Manhattan Civic Engagement Committee alongside Hip Hop Legend Grandmaster Caz and Bad Body Records Executive Shawn Prez celebrated Hip Hop Recognition Month where they focused on political awareness, mental health and physical health, as well as Voter Registration and the 2020 Census.

For more information on upcoming events at your local branches please visit their websites

www.midmanhattannaacp.org
www.brooklynnaacp.org
www.naacpjamaica.org

Additionally the Jamaica Branch, led by President Candace Prince-Modeste, along with the Swim Strong Foundation, hosted a screening and discussion of the short film “Blacks Can’t Swim”, which explores the reasons why many minority groups fail to recognize the importance of the potentially life-saving skill of swimming. The Swim Strong Foundation offers swimming lessons and water safety at an affordable price. To learn more visit www.swimfoundation.org.

Jamaica Branch President, Candace Prince-Modeste

Jamaica Branch President, Candace Prince-Modeste

L-R; Hip Hop Legend Grandmaster Caz, Youth Advisor Bintou Kone, Bad Boy Record Label Executive Shawn Prez, Civic Engagement co-chair Rasheida Alston President Geoffrey Eaton, Civic Engagement chair Leilani Irvin & Health Committee chair Dominick Boyce

L-R; Hip Hop Legend Grandmaster Caz, Youth Advisor Bintou Kone, Bad Boy Record Label Executive Shawn Prez, Civic Engagement co-chair Rasheida Alston President Geoffrey Eaton, Civic Engagement chair Leilani Irvin & Health Committee chair Dominick Boyce

Group Shot of Mid-Manhattan NAACP Next Gen Members with New York Jets, NFL coach Collette V. Smith & president Eaton

Group Shot of Mid-Manhattan NAACP Next Gen Members with New York Jets, NFL coach Collette V. Smith & president Eaton

L-R; civic engagement chair Leilani Irvin, Harlem Mother SAVE FOUNDER Jackie Rowe-Adams, Community Board 10 chair Cicely Harris, Mayor Office of Community Affairs Remmy Salas, Coach Smith & President Eaton

L-R; civic engagement chair Leilani Irvin, Harlem Mother SAVE FOUNDER Jackie Rowe-Adams, Community Board 10 chair Cicely Harris, Mayor Office of Community Affairs Remmy Salas, Coach Smith & President Eaton

Coach Smith & President Eaton with kids and parents

Coach Smith & President Eaton with kids and parents

Geoffrey E. Eaton, NAACP Mid-Manhattan President, on Broadway

The NAACP along with Fairvote, Motivote, and NYC Votes launched their voting initiative on August 27th in celebration of the United States 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson. Geoffrey E. Eaton, NAACP Mid-Manhattan President, joined The Great Society cast in their initiative to register audience members to “vote” for their presidential hopeful in the upcoming 2020 election.

http://www.playbill.com/article/see-the-great-society-celebrate-lyndon-b-johnsons-birthday-with-the-naacp-fairvote-motivote-and-nyc-votes

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-THE-GREAT-SOCIETY-Launches-Broadway-Voting-Initiative-The-Great-Society-Primary-20190827

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-great-society-on-broadway-supports-voting-voter-rights--voter-registration-in-partnership-with-fairvote-motivote-nyc-votes--the-naacp-300908080.html

2019 Albany Mobilization

2019 Albany Mobilization

On March 12, 2019 the NAACP New York State Conference branches made their annual pilgrimage to the state capital in Albany, New York to meet with the Governor, the Assembly Speaker, Senate Majority Leader and their respective Assembly and Senate members to advocate for a legislative agenda that aligns with the mission and vision of the NAACP organization, and to address the Game Changers (Civic Engagement, Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Economic Empowerment, Education and Health) in an effort to advocate for state legislation and policy that will benefit all New Yorkers.

Celebrating Elizabeth Jennings Graham in Honor of Women's History Month

Celebrating Elizabeth Jennings Graham in Honor of Women's History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month we salute those unsung heroes who made extraordinary contributions to society. Alongside the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, President Hazel N. Dukes had the honor of educating the crowd at the Brooklyn Museum about a black woman who refused to give up her seat long before the Civil Rights Movement and long before Ms. Rosa Parks. Her name was Elizabeth Jennings Graham.

In 1854 Graham refused to get off a horse-drawn streetcar which allowed white passengers only.  The conductor tried to remove her by force but she grabbed hold on to the window frame and his coat.  She was eventually removed by a police officer. Later that year she was victorious in a law suit filed against the Third Avenue Railway Company and was awarded $225 in damages. The incident enraged black New Yorkers and ignited the movement to end racial discrimination on streetcars. Third Avenue Railway desegregated their streetcars the day after Graham won her law suit, however it was several years before all other railways followed suit.

Graham is credited with setting the precedent for ending racial discrimination on streetcars. Elizabeth Jennings Graham also founded the 1st kindergarten for black children, which she ran out of her own home on 247 West 41st Street up until her death in 1901.

Her groundbreaking and heartwarming story is not well known.  However, in 2007 a block on Park Row was co-named Elizabeth Jennings Place and now it was announced that her monument will stand tall next to Grand Central Station.  Graham’s statue is one of four statues which will be erected around the Metropolitan area.  The other 3 statues will honor women and children advocate Dr. Helen Rodriguez in the Bronx, jazz legend Billie Holiday in Queens and lighthouse keeper Katherine Walker in Staten Island.

2018 National Thalheimer Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Thalheimer Award Winners but sending a special shoutout to the winners from the New York State Conference!

Winners from New York State: Anthony Harmon, President of the New York Branch, Ra'Vynn Waters, Youth and College 1st Vice President, Hazel n. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference, Lottie Tann, Treasurer, and Geoffrey Eaton, 1st Vice President and President of the Mid-Manhattan Branch

Advancing Gun Safety in New York

On Friday, July 20th, 2018, Governor Cuomo, Brett Kavanaugh, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and New York Congression Delegation held a Criminal Justice press conference to talk about the ongoing problem of the lack of Gun Safety in the State of New York. Shown in pictures is (left to right): Geoffery Eaton (President of the Mid-Manhattan branch and 1st Vice President of the New York NAACP New York State Conference), Karen Blanding (2nd Vice-President of the New York NAACP State Conference) , Alphonso Davis (General Council to the Governor), Claire Theobalds (ACT-SO Chair), and Kenneth Cohen (Director ot the New York State Metropolitian Council).

#MakeHistoryNYC

NAACP: Make History in Selection of Council Speaker, Not Stand in Way

20 years after Dinkins Administration, it’s time NYC had an African American Leader in City Hall

 

(New York, NY – December 6, 2017) – The NAACP New York State Conference today announced it will launch a social media campaign to promote the election of the first African American Speaker of the New York City Council in history. 

 “We have a chance to make history in New York City and we should not pass it up,” Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP NY Conference said. “The city's top leadership inside City Hall must reflect the diversity of New York. There are highly qualified African American candidates, so our message is clear: New York must not pass over an African American. Not Again. Not this time.”

The campaign on social media platforms will carry the hashtag #MakeHistoryNYC. The NAACP, as a registered nonprofit, is barred from endorsing a specific candidate, though individual members may endorse. 

Eight candidates are vying for Speaker, including three African American Council Members.

Dukes continued, “We respect all the candidates for their commitment to critical issues and their service to the entire city. But as we approach the 20-year anniversary of the end of the Dinkins administration, we recognize it is past time and important to have an African American in leadership once again.

“I urge Council Members, the Mayor and all interested parties to join us in this effort. It’s time to make history, not stand in its way.”

 

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Hazel N. Dukes speaks on Inside New York

This Weekend (Sat. & Sun.) INSIDE NEW YORK presents an exclusive discussion with Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, a leading civil rights activist and President of the NAACP New York State Conference on the upcoming political races, New York City's General Election, Proposition 1, President Trump and his actions and policies, as well as Chief of Staff John Kelly’s dishonest comments attacking Rep. Frederica Wilson and the importance of your vote.  Dr. Dukes also shared why the NAACP issued a travel advisory for American Airlines.

Dr.  Dukes who has been campaigning for over 30 years is an active and dynamic leader who is known for her devoted track record for improving the quality of life in New York State.

The complete interview can be seen on Saturday, Sunday and Monday through November 4th.  A Special Pre-Election Day broadcast will be presented on Sunday at 2:00pm on MNN4 (FiOS 36, RCN 85, Spectrum 67 & 1998).
 
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