Welcome to the NAACP - Missouri City & Vicinity Branch's website. As you review this site, I hope that you will quickly come to realize the dedication, effort, and sacrifices that many NAACP members have made in the past, and continue to make daily, are still very relevant and significant. When I see groups of mostly dedicated volunteers, working as they do to keep this a vibrant organization functioning and fighting for equality and striving to maximize opportunities for all… this gives me hope.
Many NAACP members have been in the game, the fight for justice, a very long time – 40, 50 years and more. It’s hard for me to believe that W.E.B. DuBois and the founding members of the NAACP in 1909 thought the NAACP would still be needed in 2014. But when you consider Slavery dates back to 1619, when the first Africans arrived as slaves in Jamestown, moving towards 400 years ago; you have to start considering that maybe there will always be a fight for equality and justice in some way, by someone!
I do think we have to from time to time make changes in the way we work to achieve our goals of obtaining equality. I hope that the Missouri City Branch can continue to work toward developing/creating successful strategic alliances with other groups. We have had a good start with this effort in partnering with the group Men for Change, and the City of Missouri City, to establish a Community Garden, and working with the Knowledge-First Empowerment Center to start a Job Training and Readiness class. Some of our other goals for the upcoming year:
- Increase membership from business and professionals in the Missouri City area
- Provide advocacy training for veterans
- address education, economic, social needs
- Legal redress.
- Increase the utilization of our website and electronic technology
- Attend municipality meetings
- Strengthen the Branch Youth Council.
I hope that you will consider joining our Branch if you are not currently a member. We are committed to continuing the fight against discrimination. We hope that we can start to live in the vision of what could be, rather than suffer under adverse circumstances that may now exist. We welcome your help, your vision, and your input on how the Missouri City and Vicinity Branch of the NAACP can best benefit and serve the COMMUNITY.