a decade after the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on April 5th, a group of 88 men and women gathered in West Chester, Pennsylvania for the purpose of establishing a local branch. (NAACP).
As World War I came to an end one of the branch's first priority was to form a committee, to meet and interview local political leaders, to advocate that returning veterans "be remembered when patronage was to be distributed."
The West Chester branch, established in April of 1919, has a rich history & relationship with the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center. Across the nation branch elections were held for the 2023-2025 terms, using an on-line voting system called Election Buddy. Branch elections were held
Saturday, November 19, 2023.
President: Ms. Alice H. Hammond
1st Vice President: Mr. James Jennings
Secretary: Ms. Renee Washington
Assistant Secretary: Mrs. Andi Hubbard
Treasurer: Mrs. June McLaughlin
(Next branch elections will be held
at the end of 2024.)
Mrs. Robin Garrett - Criminal Justice
Rev. Dr. Richelle Gunter - Political Action
Mr. Malcolm Johnstone - Housing
Mrs. Gizelle Jones - Communications
Dr. Denise Ray - Membership
Mrs. Sandra Schaal - Education
Mr. Khaleo Smith - Youth
Ms. Renee Washington - Finance
Members are the lifeblood of our organization. Each and every NAACP member makes a difference to the complex, ongoing work of advancing racial equity. We have driven the hardest-fought wins for civil rights and social justice — with you by our side, we can accelerate the next milestones for Black Americans. Your active involvement will strengthen our resolve and make our branch stronger. Please take a moment to learn more about our committees, then use our Standing Committee Form to join the committee that speaks directly to your heart.
The Pennsylvania State Conference, established in 1934, shall stimulate the Branches, Prison Branches, Youth Councils, High School Chapters, College Chapters, Authorized Committees and any and all Units of the Association in its jurisdiction to greater activity in the fight for freedom; to revive dormant units in the Pennsylvania State Conference; to organize new units; to assist the Association in the conduct of the work of the NAACP by increasing support for the Association by the various Units; to coordinate the activities and secure the cooperation of Units within the Pennsylvania State Conference;
Each year during the Annual Convention, NAACP members establish critical policy and program priorities for the upcoming year. The list is only a fraction of the matters on the agenda and a mere glimpse at the work being done.
Since 1909, the NAACP has maintained a legendary legacy for fighting legal battles to win social justice for all Americans — many of the most significant of which were fought and won under the leadership of Charles Hamilton Houston and his student and protégée, Thurgood Marshall. Please note: The NAACP may provide legal information to concerned citizens, but does not provide legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a local attorney.