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Lexington-Fayette
NAACP
Branch 3097
The Lexington-Fayette Branch of the NAACP (Unit 3097) summarizes its activities in a brief report at the end of each calendar year for presentation to the Kentucky State Conference of NAACP. What follows is the 2018 report.

Introduction

The Lexington Branch The Lexington-Fayette County Branch of the NAACP (Unit #3097) is committed to the vision of serving and bringing unity to Lexington, Kentucky and its respective communities. The NAACP is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization, founded in 1909 by a diverse group of concerned citizens. The Lexington Branch is the second largest NAACP unit in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, made up of 120 plus adults and over 40 lifetime members, along with a Youth Junior Council of 50 plus elementary/middle schools members. All who join share in the mission and vision of the 110 year-old NAACP. The Lexington Branch advocates for civil rights while striving to eliminate barriers to unite and bridge division in Lexington. The Branch focuses on ensuring political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and elimination of race-based discrimination.

In Review In 2018 we worked tirelessly, received over 100 telephone calls for complaints, discrimination, employment, community, legal assistance. We also lent support to many community-based events, including the ballot box (voters registration), the classroom (education), housing (standard of living/accessible), youth (our next generation of freedom fighters), and our Armed Services (veterans affairs).

Monthly Highlights

January We were an annual Table Supporter of the MLK Unity Breakfast and Community Parade.

February We participated in voter registration drives and the NABVETS Kick-off "Veterans Scam Alert Program" under Past Branch President Rev. Dr. Jim Thurman, State Commander.

March We co-sponsored "On the Table: Your Voice Matters - Make It Count!" This was a citywide Blue Grass Community Foundation one-day event. At Bryan Station Middle School (for youth and parents), the topics included Gun Safety, Social Media, Mental Health and Education. At the Charles Young Center (for adults), the topics included education, economic development opportunities, housing, and military affairs with over 100 in attendance. The Institute for Compassion in Justice, Inc. (ICJ) and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., co-hosted the events.

April Branch members were invited to testify on Education issues. These included charter school, gang bill, restoration of rights and more at the State Capitol during the 2018 Regular General Assembly Session. We also sponsored a fair housing event at the Lyric Theatre.

May We had meetings with Community Advocates on Economic Development and with the Growth Summit on Homeownership.

June We collaborated with The Unitarian Universality Church of Lexington to host the State NAACP Quarterly meeting and we supported the African American Initiative and National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. on the Fair Housing Summit: "Erasing the Road Blocks to Homeownership".

July We worked with several predominate African American neighborhood associations to address economic development: Growth and Wealth Summits (Series #1 Owning and Maintaining Home ownership), and attended the 2018 109th National NAACP Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

August We sponsored the Youth Junior Council Retreat and Election, donated Back to School backpacks for William Wells Neighborhood Association, and supported the NAACP National joint efforts of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints self-reliance courses.

September With the Youth Junior Council, we continued support of the Roots and Heritage Festival and Parade. Our Branch Education and Health Committees assisted several parents with at-risk and autistic students being mistreated, and assisted in incidents in surrounding counties and Lexington schools.

October We co-sponsored a nonpartisan candidate forum with several community-based organizations. The Branch Criminal Justice Committee worked on a report regarding inmate complaints on correctional officers and system based on race at the Kentucky State prisons.

We also developed a resolution to establish an advisory board of community volunteers to advocate on behalf of families of color along with the Disproportionate Minority Confinement Committee in Fayette County Family Court.

November We co-sponsored a nonpartisan candidate forum with several community-based organizations. The Branch Criminal Justice Committee worked on a report regarding inmate complaints on correctional officers and system based on race at the Kentucky State prisons. We also developed a resolution to establish an advisory board of community volunteers to advocate on behalf of families of color along with the Disproportionate Minority Confinement Committee in Fayette County Family Court.

We held the 2018 Flora D. Mitchell Freedom Fund Dinner, with the theme Equity: From A Dream to Reality. The branch recognized Flora D. Mitchell, a past branch president (for whom the banquet was named), honored Attorney Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto, who chairs the Branch Legal Redress Committee and is Executive Director of Institute for Compassion in Justice. The evening's celebration was in memory of Charity Hocker, a long-time member of the Lexington Branch (more than 30 years) and an active fund-raising member. At the dinner the winners of the Inaugural Scholarship Essay for Youth were presented a monitory award and certificate for the highest score in the high school, middle school, and elementary groups.

December We were invited to be panelists for the Autism Society of the Bluegrass to a citywide forum "Making Schools safer for our most vulnerable population".

Meetings & Officers

As dedicated volunteers, organizers, leaders, our members meet in the Second Monday of the each month at the Charles Young Center from 6:00pm-7:45pm. These members continue to fight for civil and social justice for all humankind.

Our Branch Officers and Group Chairpersons:

  • President - Abdul Muhammad
  • 1st Vice President - Adrian Wallace
  • 2nd Vice President - Dr. Michael Winker
  • Assistant Secretary - Vanessa Sanford
  • Treasurer - JoJuana Leavell-Greene
  • Assistant Treasurer - Tracy Curtis
  • Legal Redress Chair - Honorable Rebecca DiLoreto
  • Community Outreach - JoJuana Leavell-Greene
  • Education Chair - Dr. Gina DeArth-Pendley
  • Veterans Affairs - Rev. Dr. Jim Thurman
  • Public Relations - Vanessa Sanford
For more details on the officers, click here.