On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States; he is the first African American to hold that office.
The product of an interracial marriage—his father grew up in a small village in Kenya, his mother in Kansas—Obama grew up in Hawaii but discovered his civic calling in Chicago, where he worked for several years as a community organizer on the city’s largely black South Side.
After studying at Harvard Law School and practicing constitutional law in Chicago, he began his political career in 1996 in the Illinois State Senate and in 2004 announced his candidacy for a newly vacant seat in the U.S. Senate. He delivered a rousing keynote speech at that
year’s Democratic National Convention, attracting national attention with his eloquent call for national unity and cooperation across party lines.
In February 2007, just months after he became only the third African American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction, Obama announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
After withstanding a tight Democratic primary battle with Hillary Clinton, the New York senator and former first lady, Obama defeated Senator John McCain of Arizona in the general election that November.
Obama’s appearances in both the primaries and the general election drew impressive crowds, and his message of hope and change—embodied by the slogan “Yes We Can”—inspired thousands of new voters, many young and black, to cast their vote for the first time in the historic election.
NAACP members attended school board meeting on Oct. 5, 2015 and welcomed Patrick Moore as the new Back-to-School/Stay-in-Scool Program Coordinator
Members of the NAACP join with the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and the Springfield Fire Department to install smoke alarms in the Minority Community with the highest census track for fires in Springfield.
Executive Committee members James Bass – IT Chair, Donald Mayes – Religious Chair,
Teresa Haley - President, University of Illinois Springfield student Nakeya Thompson and Springfield Firefighter Chris Cole carry their tools and smoke detector supplies toward their
designated area to begin installing free smoke detectors in area homes
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.
NAACP member James Bass inspects a smoke alarm before installing it above a doorway at a Springfield home.
SPRINGFIELD BRANCH NAACP
The NAACP has partnered up with Walgreens to give free flu shots at the Oct. 6, 2015 General Membership Meeting.
It is advised to bring your Insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card they made need it for their records. You will not be billed.
Springfield, IL Delegates attended the 106th National Convention in Philadelphia, PA
Last week Teresa Haley - President had the opportunity to participate in an online Town Hall Meeting - Ferguson: America Reacts (Your Voice, Your Future).
Panelist included Michael Eric Dyson - Author & Radio Host,
Armstrong Williams - Columnist, Benjaim Crump - Brown & Martin Family Attorney, Gary McLhinney - Former Police Commissioner, and Leon Harris - Moderator ABC7 Anchor.
Thank you for coming out and joining members of the Springfield Branch NAACP on January 11. 2015 the showing of Selma. Ninety six people including sixteen youth were in attendance. There will be follow up discussion regarding the movie after the MLK Unity March as part of the program on January 19, 2015 . The Unity March will start at 12:00p.m at Pilgrim Rest Pilgrim Baptist 1800 S. MLK Drive and end at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 908 S. MLK Drive followed by a program. Refreshments will be served.
Thank you to all the members of the NAACP and the supporters of this great organization. I am humble to serve as the President of Springfield Branch of the NAACP. Today’s event is culmination of hard work and commitment to make this day possible.
Last year, proved why the NAACP is still relevant in the 21st Century. In nearby in nearby Ferguson, Missouri a police officer killed unarmed Michael Brown. In Cleveland, Ohio,
12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer. Eric Gardner, New York City
strangled to death by a police officer. Large protest around
the country echoed the thought that “Black Lives Matter.”
Because of these tragic events, the Springfield NAACP Branch took immediate action and conducted two Town Halls Summits to discuss these issues with Springfield elected officials and local leaders. The support and response by the community was tremendous! Over 400 members of the Springfield community
attended the first meeting on September 4, 2014.
Also in 2014, the NAACP organized the first Soul to the Polls to increase voter turnout as well as incorporated the Voter Activation Network (VAN), an online interface to identify registered and unregistered voters. We received a Proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. During 2014, we organized Lobby Day, a preview night for the premier of the
movie “Selma,” Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity March and several candidates’ forums.
Like in previous years, we will continue to sponsor our youth in participating in historic events such as, the Presidential Inauguration, 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and other educational events.
I am committed not to rest on our previous accomplishments. My goal for 2015 is to provide effective leadership and promote opportunities for young black males by hosting a 2015 youth summit. Persuade School District 186 to abide by the Consent Decree and hire more minority teachers. Lastly, meet with the Mayor and City Council to increase minority hiring in all areas of city government.
As the President, I have been actively involved in and outside of Springfield. I served as the Mistress of Ceremony for the Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the
Historical Old State Capitol where Abraham Lincoln’s body rested. I also served as the keynote speaker for the Mount Vernon, Illinois Branch of the NAACP Dr. MLK banquet. I also served as the Mistress of Ceremony for the Innocence Project. Serving as a presenter at the Illinois NAACP State Convention and speaking at the
NAACP National Convention are all but a few areas in which I am grateful to represent you.
The NAACP is diligently working to meet both present and future needs of Springfield. The work of balancing the scales of justice is far from over; therefore I ask for your encouragement, involvement and prayers as we seek to make positive changes in our community. Again, I thank you for your support.
We have to embrace our youth. Listen to their concerns and expose them to positive things. Remember, anything worth having is worth fighting for.