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From time to time the Lexington-Fayette Branch or its National organization is in the news or has a public announcement — this is our opportunity to share this with our members and supporters.
Significant and rare
August 26, 2019
Two Lexington brothers receive
scores on their ACT college admissions tests. Both Evin and Quincy Winkler are members of the Youth Council associated with the Lexington-Fayette Youth Branch of the NAACP. Their parents, Dr. Kim Thompson and Dr. Michael Winkler, are members of the adult Branch.
On August 21, the Lexinton Herald-Leader reported this in a frontpage article, which can be found online
After 400 Years... Slavery's Wounds
August 26, 2019
400 years ago, in August 1619, the first ship of enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of Virginia. On August 18, the Lexington Herald-Leader published this opinion piece: "After 400 years, we have to face the wounds of slavery. Is this Ky. project a start?"
The Herald-Leader editorial page article can be found on-line
OP-ED: Jamestown to Jamestown
August 19, 2019
NNPA NEWSWIRE — On a daily basis, we grapple with domestic terrorism and state sanctioned violence in the guise of white supremacy — all under the watch of one of the racist administrations since the Jim Crow era. Along with his xenophobic policies, President Donald Trump is doing all he can to punish immigrants and alienate Black Americans, using hateful tweets and chants of “Send her back,” as a rallying cry for his base.
August 8, 2019
Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
announced the appointment of a new executive director. Whit Whitaker has performed on the legendary stage at the Lyric, has graced audiences across the globe with his rich vocal skills, and is a proven leader in the local arts community. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in music and went on to get his masters degree in Arts Administration.
For more information on this appointment see
The Lane Report
or, internet search using
Mr. Whitaker is a Lifetime member of the NAACP.
July 17, 2019
, President of the Lexington-Fayette Branch of the NAACP, was recently the guest on the Lexington-based podcast
The podcast is a platform where participants can share their private thoughts and have an open dialogue about issues that make us want to rage on our soapbox. It will dig into personal narratives that make up the historical fabric of African-Americans in and around Lexington. Those narratives will be woven into current events. The modorator is a member of our local NAACP Branch, Tina Bryson.
Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig
July 8, 2019
The Lexington-Fayette Branch of NAACP was a sponsor of a reception welcoming Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig as the new Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education. He is a nationally renowned thought leader, lifetime NAACP Member and has been instrumental in various national education efforts.
The reception was held on July 8, 2019, in Dickey Hall's Stilwell Suite on the University of Kentucky's campus. Click
for reception photos.
Voting Season is Upon Us!
June 28, 2019
Our voting information page has been updated for the fall general elections. Click
for more information including a video on "How to Vote using the eSlate machine", critical dates, and links for more information.
2020 Teacher of the Year
April 10, 2019
The Kentucky Education Association names Melanie Trowel, of Leestown Middle School and a member of the Lexington-Fayette Branch of the NAACP, as its 2020 Teacher of the Year. KEA says Trowel has more than 20 years’ of service in Fayette County Public Schools and is in her first year at Leestown Middle School.
For more information, read
article in the WTVQ-TV website.
NAACP Statement on
Fayette Mall Incident
February 12, 2019
Contact: Abdul Muhammad, President, Lexington NAACP (
NAACP Statement on Fayette Mall Incident (Occurring on February 2, 2019)
We are concerned by the violence and police-citizen interaction documented in
. We have discussed the video with Chief Weathers and await the Lexington Police Department's (LPD) investigation. We believe it prudent to allow the police time to fact find and follow due process, so we urge patience. We call for reservation of judgment for all parties, most particularly for the minor involved, who being a child can suffer great harm from online bullying and mockery.
We would like to see the officer in question be pulled from any civilian interaction until this investigation is complete. Interactions with all citizens, whether that citizen is a child or an adult, are extremely important. Consequently, this investigation should be treated seriously. For a community to trust in law enforcement, it must see that they are there for all of us.
We would like to acknowledge the substantive past and ongoing efforts of Lexington Police officers, such as their collaborations with the Autism Society of the Bluegrass, to help disabled children and to mitigate their risk of exposure to violence. We know that our LPD leadership, as well as LPD rank and file, have the same interest in the welfare of children as do we. However, we must all be held to the highest standards for citizenship. Thus we expect and look forward to a full report, with actionable steps as well as appropriate accountability that will help prevent a situation like this from happening in the future.
February 14, 2019: Lexington Herald-Leader Article Concerning This Interaction
The Lexington chapter of the NAACP is urging the community to be patient while police investigate the arrest of a a teen who was charged following an altercation involving officers at Fayette Mall...
Painful History of Blackface
February 7, 2019:
Blackface and its painful history are huge topics of conversation right now.
Lexington NAACP Branch First Vice President Adrian Wallace interviewed on Lexington's LEX18 TV: "It all started earlier this month when yearbook photos resurfaced of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam dressed in blackface. The topic resurfaces every Halloween when a photo of college students in blackface show up on social media networking sites.
"The history of blackface goes back much deeper in American history, taking root centuries ago, and was a huge source of racial segregation." (Read the full article on the
MLK Lexture Series: April Ryan
January 23, 2019:
April Ryan is an American journalist and auther. Since 1977, she has served as a White House correspondent and is the Washington D.C. bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. In 2017 she joined CNN as a political analyst. In May 2017, the National Association of Black Journalist named Ryan as the "Journalist of the Year". She will be speaking in Lexington on January 25, 2019. She will be speaking in Memorial Hall (610 South Limestone Street, Lexington 40508), 6:30PM. There will be a reception at 5:00PM in the the UK Martin Luther King Center, Room A230, 160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington. Both are free and open to the public.
Branch Activity: 2018
January 14, 2019:
We are sharing with our readers our Branch annual activity report for 2018. To access, please click
for this on-site web page.
At the bottom of the report is a list of our Officers and Committee chairs, who make up our Executive Committee.
Judge: District Court 22 Division 3
January 5, 2019:
The Lexington-Fayette Branch of the NAACP congradulates on of it's own, Lindsay Hughes Thurston, on her recent election as the nonpartisan judge of the Kentucky District Court 22 Division 3.
Her formal investiture
was held in the Fayette District Courthouse, 3
floor, Courtroom 5, at 3:30pm on Friday, January 11
. A reception followed the ceremony.
Training standards in KY schools
October 18, 2018:
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Recent security footage showing a special needs student being dragged down the hallway of a Kentucky school has sparked concern from parents around the state, but other reports show this type of incident isn’t isolated. Two educators have already been fired from the Fayette County Public Schools system this year alone after separate incidents involving special needs students. Melissa Stanford says something similar happened to her son in Frankfort, and she still has a lot of questions. Stallard’s son William is a non-verbal student with autism at Elkhorn Middle School. According to a state investigative report Stallard shared with WKYT, a classmate saw William being grabbed and hit by a teacher’s aide in October 2017. Stallard says officials in William’s school don’t want to address the issue. "They never wanted to address this issue. Whenever I brought it up in the school, they’re just like, 'We can’t talk about this. We can’t talk about this,'" said Stallard." Read full article, with video,
Student Dragged by Teachers
October 16, 2018: "As national television networks have been airing the video of staff at a Lexington school dragging an autistic student in hallways, advocates are expressing concern, saying similar situations occur across Kentucky. NAACP and others react to Lexington school staff dragging an autistic student in hallways ... Some members of the Lexington-Fayette NAACP said they have advocated for parents who contend their children with autism were dealt with inappropriately by school staffs. That group issued a statement Monday which said members are 'deeply concerned by the episodic reports of inappropriate behavior toward children with autism spectrum disorders in Kentucky schools.'” Lexington Herald-Leader article and video
Protect our young people and families of Lexington
March 25, 2018:
Dear NAACP membership and friends: this is critical action. You can read a detailed description on-line. Please help protect our young people and families of Lexington. Contact Senate Leadership and your legislators and urge NO vote on HB 169. It should not advance out of the Senate Judiciary on Tuesday. You want it stopped. If we don't take action it will advance.
and your senators at the message link. There are many more effective and less destructive ways to redirect our young people.
NAACP Urges Caution
March 21, 2018: In the Wake of Austin Bombings, NAACP Urges Caution to Members and All Communities. See our "National" website for
New Officers Elected
March 12, 2018:
Four new officers were elected to the Lexington-Fayette (Ky) Branch of the NAACP, and introduced at the regularly-scheduled monthly Branch meeting. See details on our "Officers"
Best Wishes, Charles!
Updated December 2, 2017: Some members of the Lexington Branch gathered at a Lexington resturant to wish a fond farewell to our Branch Secretary, Charles Duke. Read more
Lexington schools not hiring enough black teachers
October 30, 2017:
Alvin Seals looks with dismay at the demographics of students and teachers at Lexington’s Bryan Station High School. Last school year, about 36 percent of the students at Bryan Station were black, and 39 percent were white. But the school had 97 white teachers and just 10 black teachers, 2016-17 data on the district’s Kentucky Department of Education report card showed. Read more
Black students punished twice as often as white students
October 29, 2017:
There are roughly twice as many white students as black students enrolled in Fayette County public schools. But last school year, nearly twice as many black students were given in-school suspensions compared to white students. Read more
Move the Monument Rally
September 7, 2017:
The Kentucky State NAACP Conference is co-sponsoring a
MOVE THE MONUMENT RALLY
on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in Frankfort in the Capitol Rotunda. Other state-wide sponsors are: Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus, Kentucky Human Rights Commission, and the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. Source: Facebook post, 8/24/2017
NAACP Lexington supports removal of statues
August 13, 2017:
The Lexington-Fayette Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has stated it supports the removal of two Confederate monuments in Lexington, one day after Mayor Jim Gray said he is taking steps to remove the statues from the former Fayette County Courthouse on Main Street. Read more
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