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NAACP to celebrate 100th anniversary in November; group hopes to increase membership

October 22, 2009


Members of Lawrence’s NAACP branch want to celebrate the past and look to the future as part of an event next month.

As the local branch honors the national civil rights organization’s 100th anniversary, its members say the NAACP still has plenty of work to do, including helping Kansas school districts reduce their drop-out rates.

“It’s still needed now more than ever,” said Ursula Minor, the Lawrence branch’s secretary.

At a time that the 50 current branch members are trying to increase their numbers, they are inviting past and present members to a Nov. 7 gala at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. As part of the celebration, the branch will take a historical picture of all past and present members at 7 p.m.

“It is a celebration. It’s an opportunity for two generations of history to come together,” said Sonya Johnson, the branch president.

The celebration includes semi-formal attire, and it will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $25, and they are available by calling Minor at 785-749-1712 or sending her an e-mail at

Ticket sales fund scholarships that the branch offers each year to local students, and sales help the chapter’s operating fund. In addition to dancing and food, the branch aims to have a display of historical pictures at the event.

Current branch members are doing their best to track down older members who now don’t actively participate in meetings. Any members who want to attend are encouraged to contact Minor by phone or e-mail.

“It certainly lets them known that the branch is still very much alive and that we are still very much concerned and involved in what’s going on in our community and on a national level as well,” Johnson said.


been_there 8 years, 7 months ago

I would like to see some proof of your racist claims please.

been_there 8 years, 7 months ago

Neither do I, but I don't call it proof.

been_there 8 years, 7 months ago

What else do you have, anything in this area?

been_there 8 years, 7 months ago

Did some checking, white people can join the NAACP. Maybe the best way to change the organization for the better is for people of all backgrounds to join and get involved. Reducing the dropout rate would benefit everyone.

tomatogrower 8 years, 7 months ago

That would require all the negative whiners on here to do something positive. Probably not going to happen. They would rather criticize and complain, than find solutions to problems.

ralphralph 8 years, 7 months ago

I have a dream ...

... and a question --

How can we get to the point where race no longer matters if there are groups, the sole purpose of which is to continue to make race matter? I know, I know ... the history, the context, the lingering effects ... perhaps we are not there; but how do we ever get there if we continue to group ourselves off by the color of our skin, whether it be for oppression or advancement?

TopJayhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton. Case closed

TriSigmaKS 8 years, 7 months ago

Congratulations NAACP! What a wonderful accomplishment.

been_there 8 years, 7 months ago

You know there are fanatics and extremists in every group, that doesn't mean everyone is. There are priests that have molested boys, does that mean they are all child molesters. Even in the Boy Scouts there have been molesters. There are bad police officers, doesn't mean they all are. Most religions have crazies, so they are all crazy? There are Jayhawks that have not been model citizens, so all Jayhawk fans and KU students are bad? So all KU students are drunks?The NAACP has done a lot of good also. I suppose you would prefer blacks still had to sit in the back of the bus and use separate bathrooms. How do you think things got changed? It didn't happen by itself.

Mixolydian 8 years, 7 months ago

The NAACP has done a world of good for this country. But for the Lawrence Chapter Secretary to state that it is needed now more than ever before in it's 100 history is way over the top.

More than the height of the KKK lynchings, school segregation and everything else?



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