An anniversary puts a pin on the calendar to remind us of something that matters to us. As we celebrate our 103rd Anniversary we will pause to recognize the significant milestones in our history and to take the time to reflect on our journey to the present. Throughout the year not only will we celebrate the milestones but we will recognize and acknowledge the members of our branch and our community that helped to make those milestones possible. Take advantage of the many activities and events taking place through out the community, through out the year.
A courageous civil rights leader, entrepreneur, business partner, health professional, educator and youth advocate. Mrs. Alice Thomas loved and served her community her entire life, even when it did not love and serve her in return. Her unwavering faith, belief in the power of a community when it comes together, her compassion and hope, her "light" will shine on the path for all of us, always.
As part of our 103rd celebration copies of her book " “Surviving Racism: a Memoir of Life, Love and Faith – The Charles and Alice Thomas Story,” were donated to the Chester County Library and the Chester County History Center.
With a sincere and grateful heart we thank Mrs. Thomas for her perseverance, always vigilant. She stood up, showed up and spoke up, with truth and in love on behalf of her community.
Bayard Rustin, March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987
A West Chester native son, Bayard Rustin was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and an openly gay Civil Rights activist. Bayard Rustin was nearly written out of the history books. While incarcerated and targeted for his sexuality, Rustin puts his faith in nonviolent resistance to the test, illuminating what it means to be branded a "troublemaker" within a system stacked against you.
“For decades, this great leader, often at Dr. King’s side, was denied his rightful place in history, because he was openly gay. No medal can change that, but today we honor Bayard Rustin’s memory by taking our place in his march toward true equality, no matter who we are or who we love.”
The poetry presented during our program and here are the sole possession of the poets, selected as contest winners. Our winners were awarded cash prizes, certificates of recognition, NAACP Juneteenth T-Shirts and gifted Youth Memberships to the West Chester branch of the NAACP.