The NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Led by Martha Plowden, Ph. D, this program has consistently produced local and national winners. This past June, the first ACT-SO Boot Camp, including contestants from across the state, was held at Spelman College. Sponsorships are invited to expand participation through media publicity, travel to competitions and awards. Workshops start in August for competitions in March and April. The talent showcase is now an annual event in final preparation for the National ACT-SO Competitions in conjunction with the national NAACP convention.
Alternative Spring Break
This program was launched this year in cooperation with Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College. In March, forty-three students gave up their spring break vacations and traveled to Saint Louis County Missouri for a week long voter registration and voter mobilization activity. The activities included speaking to high school students about college opportunities and registering students to vote. The Atlanta Branch intends to make this an annual program with different destinations and activities. Participating students gave glowing testimonials about their experiences and pledged continued civic engagement as students, and after graduation. The Branch received substantial press coverage of the activities including the final organizing meeting, our departure from the Atlanta University Center, arrival in Saint Louis County, neighborhood canvassing, the departing press conference and upon our return Atlanta.
Sponsorships are invited to provide funding for program management, transportation, meals, housing, materials and event shirts or other garments to identify program participants.
The Committee on Economic Development shall:
Implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African-Americans and other communities of color by:
Researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities;
Supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by national programs;
and Implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; Increasing employment and job creation;
and encouraging business development and home ownership.
Joseph R. Hudson, Chairrn
The Education Committee of the Atlanta Branch NAACP recognizes the immense efforts that must be in place in order to address the decades of educational inequality in place in both Atlanta Public and Fulton County Schools. Creating a solutions-driven formula has the ability to be the game changer for eradicating cycles of poverty for generations yet to be born.
Below are the objectives for the Education Committee (EC) for 2016:
Host monthly meetings to assess and address critical needs in education for both the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) and Fulton County Schools (FCS) systems.
Continue identification of competent members to serve on the EC.
Meet with EC chairpersons and members of other Metro NAACP branches to discuss, compare and align priorities in our school districts.
Educate parents and the community on the Opportunity School District referendum.
Empower students, parents and local advocates to assess our local schools, school districts, colleges and universities, and state educational agencies through data collection and the production of substantive research on key educational equity issues.
Empower students, parents and local advocates to advance educational excellence through programmatic support and development based on sound research, strategic planning and strong collaborative networks.
Lula Gilliam, Chair
Work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans;
Assess the health needs of the community;
Advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans;
Sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and Support health initiatives of the Association.
Labor & Industry
Seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by:
Working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training, promotion and unfair dismissals;
Encouraging greater participation in the trade union movement;
Working to end discriminatory practices in labor unions;
Securing the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation; and
Working for improved opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training.
Labor & Industry Chair-Milton Kirby
The Atlanta Branch is continuing its Legal Redress program which fields complaints from citizens in all areas of legal conflict. The appointed Legal Redress chairperson is Atlanta Attorney Clarence Sydnor, who reviews the complaints submitted by mail and via the web site at www.naacpatlanta.org and makes a determination of the disposition. He is assisted by volunteers but the effort would be greatly enhanced by the addition of a part-time legal assistant and more attorney volunteers in the areas of employment discrimination, housing discrimination and criminal defense. Sponsorships in this regard are invited, both for funding and volunteer legal assistance.
Work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association;
Be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign;
Be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; and
Initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end
Membership Chair-Charlie Wright.
Voter Registration and Mobilization
Voter registration outreach will be extended to high schools and colleges led by young canvassers, both college age and those under 40. Canvassers will wear identifiable clothing. Contact information will include mobile phone numbers and email addresses to facilitate voter mobilization digitally. Voter mobilization will employ a concept of “Each One Reach One” to improve voter turnout, emphasizing early voting. Sponsorships are invited to underwrite email and text messaging systems, canvassing materials and uniforms. Voter registration efforts are conducted year round.
Young Adult Committee
THE NAACP YOUTH WORKS is geared towards Developing a New Generation of Civil Rights and Community Leaders.
To inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, education, social and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color’s contribution to civilization; and to develop an intelligent, militant effective youth leadership.
• Provide young people with personal and leadership development training
• Proactive political and community activism
• Public awareness of the necessity of positive youth engagement
• Economic Development
• Juvenile Justice
• Voter Empowerment
Diamond McNulty, Chair