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June 16, 2012

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President's Message to our Membership 2015-2016 Reverend Marva J. Edwards

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as your NAACP Vancouver Branch President for 2015 to 2017 as we continue to honor our "mission statement to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination". The NAACP seeks to eliminate racial prejudice and remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic process.

This year we celebrated unity in the community at our "Juneteenth Celebration" at the Vancouver, WA Marshall Center Park. We continue to plan for our NAACP Youth with "The Ethenic American Rites of
Passage" an educational program for African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and all other nationalities.

It is for this reason that we must come together as we journey towards changing history. Our National President Cornell William Brooks has asked that we share in "AMERICA'S JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE"; OUR LIVES, OUR VOTES, OUR JOBS, AND OUR SCHOOLS MATTER". Our strength and fortitude comes from you, the community that we support and serve. We could not survive without your membership as you volunteer and serve on various committees and Executive Board. Thank you, we look forward to a productive year.

Swearing in of 2013-2015 NAACP 1139 Branch Officers

A Tribute to Val Joshua

celebrating black history month
If I ever do anything splendid
If I ever am noble or true
It will be because you, dear friend,
Loved me and helped me through.
For you gave me the real inspiration
To measure up and to be
More worthy of all your goodness
And wonderful faith in me.

-author unknown
In tribute to local leader Val Joshua and celebration of national Black History Month, NAACP and YWCA Clark County invite you to this no cost event. Read more event flyer.

Welcome to Vancouver NAACP

The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States. The principle objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of th e United States. The NAACP is committed to achievement through non- violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts, and is persistent in the use of legal and moral persuasion even in the fact of overt and violent racial hostility. National History information. The Vancouver Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shall work to advance the political, educational, and social status of Black people and other people of color; to eliminate racial prejudice; to establish a harmonious relationship between all people.

First Families in the News

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"Book tells stories of
Vancouver's first black families
in the Columbian.

First Families Project

First Families of Vancouver's African American Community: From World War II to the 21st Century is a cultural program founded in 2007 for which community members are documenting the stories of African Americans who migrated to southwest Washington State during the Second World War.

Project members have identified African American families who settled in Vancouver at mid-century in order to record their stories in a book (planned for release in summer 2011) and other associated materials for the public.

Working partnerships with NAACP Branch 1139, Clark County Historical Museum, Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College, and other local institutions reinforce the project's commitment to present a mosaic of the community's cultural history for the enrichment of all.

Learn more about First Families Project