For nearly two years, starting on 5 June 2020 and continuing into the present (at the current writing, May 2022), the Annville Town Square Protesters for Racial Justice have held more than 160 hour-long Black Lives Matter peaceful protest actions in the Annville Town Square, at the only stoplight in town at the intersection of Rt. 422 & Rt. 934. Ample free parking behind the Annville Town Hall, 36 N. Lancaster St. Everyone who believes that Black Lives Really Do Matter and who pledges to remain peaceful, even in the face of occasional racist taunts by passing motorists and pedestrians, is welcome to participate. Past protest actions are photo-documented on the Facebook page of NAACP Branch Secretary Michael Schroeder, at https://www.facebook.com/michael.schroeder.9674
All members of the Lebanon County Branch of the NAACP are warmly invited to attend our general membership meetings at 7:00 pm of the first Thursday of each month -- which means that our next general membership meeting is 7 pm Thursday, June 2, 2022, for what we hope might be a hybrid Zoom and in-person meeting. Before the meeting, Branch members will be emailed an invitation, the Zoom link, the agenda, and the minutes of the last meeting. All members are warmly invited to suggest additional agenda items.
We'll have a booth at this year's Historic Old Annville Day on West Main Street Annville, scheduled rain or shine for Saturday, June 11, from 9 am to 2 pm. This huge street fair celebrating the history of Annville, PA traditionally draws upwards of 6,000 people into town for music, food, craft vendors, and non-profit informational booths like ours. We'll have brochures, educational materials, t-shirts and coloring books for sale, as well as plenty of membership sign-up sheets — not to mention lots of good conversation! Hope to see you there!
In 2021, the federal government finally designated Juneteenth as a national holiday. Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. We in the Lebanon County NAACP eagerly look forward to our Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration, this year to be held in the West Pavilion in South Hills Park in South Lebanon Township (1100 Lincoln Ave., Lebanon PA) from 11 am to 6 pm — with music, food, dancing, games and yoga for kids, poetry, spoken word performances, a raffle, a community summit & more. Stay tuned for more details!
Join us on Monday, July 4 for the Third Annual Frederick Douglass Community Oration from 12 noon to 2 pm on the campus of Lebanon Valley College in Annville. The date is one day shy of the 170th anniversary of the first time the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivered the indelible speech, "What To the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" on July 5, 1852 to a crowd of thousands in Rochester, New York. Community leaders from around the county and region will be participating, including Lebanon Valley College President James MacLaren. Join us for this solemn and celebratory act of public remembrance.
We are excited to announce that our Branch will be well represented at the 113th NAACP National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, scheduled for July 14-20, 2022. The best place to go for updates on this very special event is the national NAACP website, at https://naacp.org/convention