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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR  THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE       Southern Dutchess Branch 2132

982 Main Street  Fishkill, New York 12524   Suite 4 – 199

845–234–9038 Office Phone   845-287-9853 Cell  sdnaacp@gmail.com

                                                          50th Anniversary 

50 anni                                                               1966 – 2016

On July 6, 1966, we became charter members of the National NAACP.  We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year.

The mission of the NAACP is to work to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race – based discrimination.  The NAACP is a volunteer organization that stands at the forefront of change.  We are dedicated to social justice and equality for all.  Through our activism and advocacy we have worked for a socially just society.

The Southern Dutchess branch of the NAACP has set several goals for this year which include :

– addressing major health concerns for the general public

– registering new voters

– informing our senior citizens about financial fraud

– and through our LIFTED program we encourage parent empowerment   through information and partnerships relevant to student school success.

Together we can make a difference.

Find us at:

982 Main Street  Fishkill, New York 12524   Suite 4 – 199

845–234–9038 Office Phone   845-287-9853 Cell Phone

sdnaacp@gmail.com       http://www.southerndutchesnaacp.org

on our Blog at Southern Dutchess NAACP.wordpress.com

on Facebook at www.facebook.com/naacpsd

on Twitter at SoDutchessNAACP

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

Southern Dutchess Branch 2132

982 Main Street Fishkill, New York 12524   Suite 4 – 199   845 – 234 – 9038       sdnaacp@gmail.com

50th Anniversary  (1966 – 2016)

     The March General Membership meeting for the Southern Dutchess NAACP will take place at the Howland Cultural Center on Saturday March 26, 2016 at 1:30pm.  Following the meeting we will enjoy our Women’s History Month Presentation. Please see the information below for all the particulars

Women Growers: The Seed, The Herb, and the Song

Guest Speakers:  Ava Bynum, Executive Director, Hudson Valley Seed

Sarah Elisabeth, Master Herbalist

The 2008 Film: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangan Maathail

Featuring the life and work of a Nobel Peace Prize winning Kenyan woman

Music: Goldee Greene and Friends

Refreshments will be served

Donations at the door: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Children up 17 years and younger

Howland Cultural Center 477 Main Street, Beacon, New York 845 – 831 – 4988

 

February, 2016 NEWS

On Friday, February 5, 2016, I had the honor of being on the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce radio show at Fox Radio in honor of Black History Month.  My topic was “The NAACP in Dutchess County”.  Please follow the instructions below and you will be able to hear the show on your computer.

Just below is a drop-box link so you can click on (or copy and paste in your browser) and download the MP3 file to your computer to listen!   

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ejkb9u9s8gd4tsn/FOX_Lets_Talk_DCChamber_02_07_16.mp3?dl=0

          Our next General Membership meeting will be on Thursday February 18, 2016.  We will be celebrating Black History Month with a presentation from our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration/ Black History Month Celebration Committee Chairman, Ronald G. Greene.  Mr. Greene’s topic is:

“Zion Pilgrim Methodist Episcopal Church of Baxtertown:  Uncovering History.”

We will meet at Springfield Baptist Church, 8 Mattie Cooper Square at 7pm.

This year we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary as a branch.  This is a special time for us.

Peace,

Anesta

 

Join us for our Freedom Fund Luncheon

Southern Dutchess NAACP  982 Main Street ,Suite 4-199  Fishkill, N.Y.12524

October 29, 2015

Greetings,

We are honored to present, as our guest speaker at our Freedom Fund Luncheon on Sunday, November 8, 2015, Leroy Gadsden, President of the Jamaica, Queens branch of the NAACP who is also Chair of the Legal Redress/Criminal Justice, NY State Conference of NAACP Branches. He is the recipient of more than 35 different awards for community service and civil rights activities.  In July, 2014, the National NAACP presented him with the first ever coveted “Benjamin L. Hooks Keeper of the Flame Award” in appreciation and recognition of his thirty years of NAACP leadership. His most outstanding accomplishments are in the areas of police brutality, racial and discriminatory police policy issues, voter protection at the polling sites, legislative redistricting and much more!

We invite you to join our Host Committee with a donation of $50 or more to support the work of our branch. Members of the Host Committee will be acknowledged in the luncheon’s program. And, of course, we hope that you will be able to attend this very special event. Luncheon: 2:00pm and reservations are $85 per person.

It will be held at the Dutchess Manor, on Rte 9D, just 3 miles south of Beacon, with its spectacular view of the Hudson River.

Invitations to the luncheon as well as requests for ads in the journal are included in this mailing.

We hope you will respond with your support as a Host and with attendance reservation so that we may continue the most vital work of the NAACP!

Dr.Anesta Vannoy- Kwame                                             Connie Hogarth

So Dutchess NAACP President                   Chair, Freedom Fund Luncheon Committee

sdnaacp@gmail.com    (845) 234-9038

    Southern Dutchess NAACP –  FREEDOM LUNCHEON

 

Southern Dutchess NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon,

 Sunday November 8, 2015

2:00 PM  at Dutchess Manor, 263 NY-9D, Beacon NY 12508

Adult tickets $85 included one year membership & The Crisis Magazine

Youth ticket $55 included one year membership & The Crisis Magazine

  Theme: America’s Journey For Justice

Keynote Speaker : Leroy Gadsden

    Leroy Gadsden, President of the Jamaica, Queens branch of the NAACP who is also Chair of the Legal Redress/Criminal Justice, N Y State Conference of NAACP Branches. He is the recipient of more than 35 different awards for community service and civil rights activities.  In July, 2014, the National NAACP presented him with the first ever coveted “Benjamin L. Hooks Keeper of the Flame Award” in appreciation and recognition of his thirty years of NAACP leadership. His most outstanding accomplishments are in the areas of police brutality, racial and discriminatory police policy issues, voter protection at the polling sites, legislative redistricting and much more!

For more information contact: sdnaacp@gmail.com or 845-234-9038

Mail Payment to: Southern Dutchess NAACP, 982 Main Street,  Fishkill , New York, 12524

 COCKTAIL HOUR  A Cash Bar  SIT DOWN LUNCHEON

A Seasonal Field Green Salad with Shaved Apples and Cranberries  Glazed Nuts and Herb Vinaigrette

                                                                           ENTREES

House Smoked Salmon and Leek Risotto  or

Maple Roasted Breast of Chicken with Fresh Thyme  or

Sliced Culottes of Beef with Crisp Onion Strings and Sauce

                                                                          DESSERT

 Swiss Style Apple Strudel with Vanilla Rum Cream

Coffee and Assorted Teas

 

If unable to attend, please consider making a donation which

would be greatly appreciated.

 I hereby authorize the Southern Dutchess NAACP to insert an advertisement in the Freedom Fund Journal as indicated below:

(  ) Inside Front Page $175            (  ) Back Page $175                           (  ) Full Page  $150

(  ) Half Page $100                            (  ) Quarter Page $50                       (  ) Business Card $30

(  ) Booster $20                               (  ) Sponsor a Youth ticket $55

Please call 845 – 234 – 9038 to submit your ad

Thank you for supporting the Southern Dutchess NAACP.

We Need Marchers

Dear  Friends,
        Wednesday September 16, 2015 will be the day of one of the most important marches in decades.  We need you on the bus.  You do not have to be a member of the NAACP to join this historic march.
         The bus will leave Poughkeepsie at 3:30 am, pick up at the Beacon municipal parking lot behind the Beacon Post Office at 4am.  It will pick up in Newburgh and proceed to Washington D. C.  Marchers will then take a subway to the NAACP rally.
       The cost for the bus is $55.00 payable by cash or money order in advance.  Just contact Dr. Anesta Vannoy – Kwame, President of the Southern Dutchess NAACP at 845 – 234 – 9038 or email at sdnaacp@gmail.com as soon as possible.
                                       WE NEED MARCHERS
Anesta

The NAACP fights for your civil rights – Stand with us

America's Journey for Justice

Miles Completed: 620

Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, and Our Schools Matter. From August 1 to September 16, America’s Journey for Justice–an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C.–will mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.

 

 

Take the #JusticeSummer Challenge, Walk #JusticeMiles

Take the #JusticeSummer Challenge, Walk #JusticeMiles

The #JusticeSummer Challenge is a social media campaign that aims to build more national and international awareness about America’s Journey for Justice and recruit more marchers to participate, particularly along the Journey for Justice route. From August 1 to September 16, America’s Journey for Justice–an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C. – is mobilizing activists and advancing a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education. We need your support to continue growing the momentum of this journey across the country and to demand our elected officials’ attention on issues that affect our lives, our votes, our jobs and our schools.

How can you help?

  1. Take the #JusticeSummer Challenge and march #JusticeMiles in memory of a victim of racial profiling/police brutality.
  2. RSVP to march with us or donate to the cause if you can’t march on the journey route.
  3. Post a video on social media to help support the cause, challenging your friends to walk or run #JusticeMiles or donate if they can’t march on the journey route.

Download the information sheet here, RSVP or Donate and begin your #JusticeMiles today.

NAACP Statement on Passing of Civil Rights Leader Amelia Boynton Robinson

BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP family is saddened at the passing of civil rights activist and freedom fighter Amelia Boynton Robinson at the age of 104.  Ms. Boynton Robinson, often referred to as the matriarch of the voting rights movement, was the first female Democratic candidate from Alabama to run for a seat in Congress. One of the organizers of the 1965 Montgomery to Selma march, she was attacked by state troopers while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.  Fifty years after “Bloody Sunday,” Ms. Boynton Robinson was pushed in a wheelchair across that same bridge and held the hand of President Barack Obama as she attended a commemoration ceremony earlier this year.

“Less than a month ago, I stood on the steps of Amelia Boynton’s former home in Selma as we launched our 860 mile  America’s Journey for Justice,”  said Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP.  “Ms. Boynton had the courage of conviction to stand and stare into the ugly face of hateful violence and yet see a better and beautiful America–even as she was beaten on a bridge on a sabbath called Bloody Sunday. Through both bloodied sacrifice and bold leadership,  Ms. Boynton helped pass national legislation that prohibited voter discrimination for 50 years.  As I march, I dedicate my miles to Ms. Boynton and honor her legacy by remaining steadfast in our commitment to ensure that our fundamental right to vote is returned to its former strength, and that everyone has the ability to participate in our democracy.”

“Amelia Boynton was a woman of faith who dedicated her life to empowering people, and her work for civil rights came after decades spent fighting for women’s suffrage,” said Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP.  “Her strength and perseverance were an inspiration that brought the civil rights movement to Selma. Ms. Boynton believed that everyone had the responsibility to oppose injustice and conquer prejudice.  Her presence will be missed but her legacy of courage and unifying people for the greater good remains an example for us all.”

WELCOME to the SOUTHERN DUTCHESS NAACP

From the National NAACP…

NAACP Statement on the Passing of Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond

(BALTIMORE, MD) – Longtime civil rights leader Julian Bond has died.  The NAACP board member, 75, passed away after a brief illness.

“From his days as a young activist to his years as both an elder statesman and NAACP Chairman Emeritus, Julian Bond inspired a generation of civil rights leaders,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock.  “From my days as a youth board member of the NAACP to my present tenure as NAACP Chairman, like so many of my generation and before, I am yet inspired by the depth and breadth of Chairman Emeritus Bond’s exemplary service: activist, writer, historian, professor, public intellectual, public servant and an unrelentingly eloquent voice for the voiceless. The grateful citizen heirs of the civil and human rights legacy of Julian Bond can neither be counted nor confined to a generation. Many of the most characteristically American freedoms enjoyed by so many Americans today were made real because of the lifelong sacrifice and service of Julian Bond.  On behalf of the NAACP and our country, we ask for your prayers for his family.”

“The nation and the NAACP deeply grieve Julian Bond’s death even as we are profoundly grateful for his life,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.  “The arc of service of Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond’s life extends high and wide over America’s social justice landscape: as a young lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr., gifted writer, eloquent speaker, esteemed professor, Georgia state senator, nominee for U.S. Vice President, revered civil rights leader, champion for marriage equality and well beloved NAACP Chairman Emeritus. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and soul deep prayers to his family.  This is a moment of incalculable loss in a trying hour of innumerable civil right challenges.  The life and legacy, indeed the eloquence of Julian Bond’s example, yet speak to the present and future of the NAACP.”

Details as to how to commemorate and memorialize Mr. Bond’s monumental legacy will be shared at the appropriate time.

While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was elected Board Chairman of the NAACP in 1998.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Bond’s family moved to Pennsylvania when he was five years old when his father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African American President of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), his alma mater. Bond attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and won a varsity letter for swimming. He also founded a literary magazine called The Pegasus and served as an intern at Time magazine.

Bond was a founding member of the SNCC and served as communications director from 1961 to 1966. From 1960 to 1963, he led student protests against segregation in public facilities in Georgia. Bond graduated from Morehouse and helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). He was the organization’s president from 1971 to 1979.

Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. White members of the House refused to seat him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1966, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the House had denied Bond his freedom of speech and had to seat him.

From 1965 to 1975, he served in the Georgia House and served six terms in the Georgia Senate from 1975 to 1986.

In 1968, Bond led a challenge delegation from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and was the first African-American nominated as Vice President of the United States. He withdrew his name from the ballot because he was too young to serve.

Bond ran for the United States House of Representatives, but lost to civil rights leader John Lewis. In the 1980s and ‘90s, Bond taught at several universities, including American, Drexel, Williams, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard universities and the University of Virginia.

Bond continued with his activism as Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP, after serving 11 years as Chair, and working to educate the public about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles that African Americans endured.

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