We are Lebanon County NAACP Branch 26AA in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. First established in fall 2020, we gained official branch status on February 20, 2021, and became a fully-fledged branch in August of that year.
At the current writing in January 2023, we are over 100 members strong, with a committed general membership and four active standing committees: (1) Education, (2) Criminal Justice & Public Safety, (3) Voting Rights & Political Engagement, and (4) Legal Redress.
Our general membership meets at 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Most meetings are still on Zoom, but for 2023 we decided to hold four in-person meetings, on January 5, April 6, July 6, and October 5. Our standing committees, where much of the real work takes place, have their own meeting schedules. We also organize, sponsor, and lend our support to a variety of community events. Who are we and what do we stand for? Inquiries are warmly invited.
The following slate of candidates was elected to the Executive Committee for the 2023-2024 term:
The Executive Committee meets at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of each month.
Billboard along route 422, featuring members of our executive committee.
After much discussion among our Executive Committee members, and in close consultation with our general membership, we are delighted to share this overview of our Branch's Strategic Plan for 2022-2024.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was established in 1909 and is the oldest, largest, and most prominent civil rights organization in the United States. It was formed in New York City by white and Black activists, partly in response to the ongoing violence against African Americans around the country. In the NAACP’s early decades, its anti-lynching campaign was central to its agenda. During the civil rights era in the 1950s and 1960s, the group won major legal victories that were essential in bringing an end to Jim Crow and extending the promise of genuine equality before the law to all people. Today, the NAACP has more than 2,200 branches and more than two million members nationwide.
In recent years, the NAACP has focused on such issues as inequality in jobs, education, health care, and the criminal justice system, as well as protecting voting rights. It also has pushed for the removal of Confederate flags and statues from public property.
To learn more about the NAACP's history, you are invited to read Patricia Sullivan's marvelous book, Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement (NY: The New Press, 2009), a preview of which is available on GoogleBooks. To learn more about the rules and procedures that govern the organization, you are invited to download and read its Constitution and Bylaws, both linked below. Also linked below is the NAACP's Civil Rights Reference Manual & Guide for Branch Legal Redress Committees.
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.