Lebanon County Branch 26AA of the NAACP began to form in summer and fall 2020 and was officially chartered by the national organization on what we consider our birthday: February 20, 2021. At present we are some 150 members strong and still growing. Our 13-member Executive Committee is listed on the About Us page.
Proud to be members of our nation's oldest and most prestigious civil rights organization, we are one of more than 2,200 units with more than 2 million members across the nation. We formed because of a pressing need in Lebanon County for greater transparency & accountability among our public officials and public institutions with respect to civil and human rights.
The easiest & quickest way to renew your membership or start a new membership is through the national NAACP website, linked from the button below. We are Branch 26AA-B Lebanon County, PA. Everyone who lives or works in Lebanon County is not only eligible but warmly invited to join our Branch. If you try to renew but don't know your Membership ID, please email us and we will get that information to you asap.
Our NAACP Branch Reading Group next meets on Monday, October 3, when we'll turn to the first three chapters of the landmark, The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones and a team of more than 20 scholars, writers, and poets. We will meet in-person in the community room of the Lebanon Community Library, 125 North 7th Street Lebanon, PA 17046, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
In the apt words of Wikipedia, "The 1619 Project is a long-form journalism endeavor developed by Nikole Hannah-Jones, writers from The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine which aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States."
We'll be discussing the Preface, "Origins," and Chap. 1, "Democracy," both by Nikole Hannah-Jones; Chap. 2, "Race," by Dorothy Roberts, and Chap. 3, "Sugar," by Khalil Muhammad. Meet in the Community Room at 6:30 p.m. We hope you can join us!
We invite you to view this talk on "critical race theory" by Lebanon Valley College Professor Emeritus of History and Branch Secretary Michael Schroeder, delivered on Zoom at our general membership meeting of July 7, 2022.
Held under a copse of trees on the campus of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, on July 4, 2022, this Third Annual Frederick Douglass Community Oration was organized by Lebanon County Branch 26AA of the NAACP in collaboration with Lebanon Valley College as a solemn and celebratory act of public remembrance, one day shy of the 170th anniversary of the first time the famed abolitionist & orator delivered his historic speech in Rochester, NY. The taproots of racism run very deep in our country, and we cannot uproot that toxic legacy without ruthlessly honest and unfettered remembrance of their origins in 246 years of racialized slavery.