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.
For our Mon. Sept. 5 meeting, we'll turn to the second half (Chap. 13 to the end) of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley, first published in 1965. 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. Our plan going forward is to meet the first Monday of each month in the community room; they have set it aside for us, and are willing to put it on their schedule of library events so that we might attract some new readers.
Here's some quotes from the Wikipedia entry on this classic must-read book:
"When the Autobiography was published, The New York Times reviewer described it as a "brilliant, painful, important book". In 1967, historian John William Ward wrote that it would become a classic American autobiography. In 1998, Time named The Autobiography of Malcolm X as one of ten "required reading" nonfiction books.
"Published posthumously, The Autobiography of Malcolm X is an account of the life of Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little (1925–1965), who became a human rights activist. Beginning with his mother's pregnancy, the book describes Malcolm's childhood first in Omaha, Nebraska and then in the area around Lansing and Mason, Michigan, the death of his father under questionable circumstances, and his mother's deteriorating mental health that resulted in her commitment to a psychiatric hospital. Little's young adulthood in Boston and New York City is covered, as well as his involvement in organized crime. This led to his arrest and subsequent eight- to ten-year prison sentence, of which he served six-and-a-half years (1946–1952). The book addresses his ministry with Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam (1952–1963) and his emergence as the organization's national spokesman. It documents his disillusionment with and departure from the Nation of Islam in March 1964, his pilgrimage to Mecca, which catalyzed his conversion to orthodox Sunni Islam, and his travels in Africa. Malcolm X was assassinated in New York's Audubon Ballroom in February 1965, before they finished the book. His co-author, the journalist Alex Haley, summarizes the last days of Malcolm X's life, and describes in detail their working agreement, including Haley's personal views on his subject, in the Autobiography's epilogue." (Quotes taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Autobiography_of_Malcolm_X)
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.