We are Lebanon County NAACP Branch 26AA in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. First established in fall 2020, we gained official branch status in May 2021 and elected our Executive Committee in August 2021, when we became a fully fledged branch.
At present, we are some 150 members strong, with a committed membership and four standing committees: (1) Education, (2) Criminal Justice & Public Safety, (3) LGBTQ+ Empowerment, and (4) Voting Rights & Political Engagement. We expect to form a Legal Redress Committee soon.
General membership meets at 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Our standing committees, where 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.
On Aug. 17, 2021 we held our first election, completing the chartering process and officially making us a full & equal branch among the more than 2,200 NAACP branches around the country. Please join us in congratulating the members of our Executive Committee:
President — Pastor Tony Fields
Vice President — Joseph Romanoff
Secretary — Michael Schroeder
Assistant Secretary — Taelor Norwood
Treasurer — Ali Perrotto
Members at Large —
First meeting of the Executive Committee, Sept. 2, 2021, Annville
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.