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IowaNebraska NAACP

MOVING POWERFULLY FORWARD!

The Iowa- Nebraska NAACP State Area Conference of Branches was founded in represents over 30 branches of the association which include Adult Branches, Prison Branches, College Chapters and Youth Units.  The State Area Conference convenes quarterly meetings of all branches.

  • Quarterly Meeting

Iowa Nebraska NAACP Executive Committee includes Officers & Chairs:

  • President: Betty C. Andrews, Des Moines
  • 1st Vice President: Vera Kelly, Davenport
  • 2nd Vice President: Vickie R. Young, Omaha
  • Secretary & National Board Member, Dedric Doolin, Cedar Rapids
  • Treasurer: Michelle Taylor-Frazier
  • Legal Redress: Russ Lovell & David, Des Moines
  • Education Chair: Larry Robertson, Davenport
  • Criminal Justice Chair: Ahmadu Baba Singhri
  • Health Chair: Michelle Taylor-Frazier & Trela, Sioux City
  • Economic Development & Labor & Industries, Bev. Couch, Des Moines
  • Youth Advisor: Carolyn Johnson, Davenport
  • Youth President: Courtney Doolin, Cedar Rapids

Youth officers

  • Youth President: Courtney Doolin, Cedar Rapids
  • Youth 1st Vice President: Johnesha Long, Des Moines
  • Youth 2nd Vice President: Carly King, Davenport
  • Youth Secretary: Kyana Thomas, Lincoln
  • Youth Treasurer: Tyrese Andrews, Des Moines

The Iowa- Nebraska NAACP State Area Conference of Branches was founded in represents over 30 branches of the association which include Adult Branches, Prison Branches, College Chapters and Youth Units.  The State Area Conference convenes quarterly meetings of all branches.

A Message from our President

Greetings,

 Betty C. AndrewsI’m fired up and ready to go!  On behalf of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP State Area Conference of Branches, welcome to our space on the internet.  The Iowa-Nebraska NAACP is on a mission to ensure racial equity for everyone.  We have answered the call to work for justice and equality.  In today’s climate, this work is extremely important and I applaud the members of our 30-plus branches for playing such a critical role in our community. 

 

Our fellow freedom-fighters are committed to making impactful changes and addressing the civil rights issues of our time.  Our work includes a championing our national game changers of Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safe& Criminal Justice and Civic Engagement.  If you are not a members, please consider joining us because membership is power.

 It is my honor to serve as your NAACP State Area Conference President. 

 Blessings,

Betty C. Andrews

President, Iowa-Nebraska NAACP State Area Conferences of Branches

National History

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was one of the earliest and most influential civil rights organization in the United States. During its early years, the NAACP focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day. They called for federal anti-lynching laws and coordinated a series of challenges to state-sponsored segregation in public schools, an effort that led to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared the doctrine of “separate but equal” to be unconstitutional. Though other civil rights groups emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, the NAACP retained a prominent role within the movement, co-organizing the 1963 March on Washington, and successfully lobbying for legislation that resulted in the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Act.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909-1910 in New York City by a group of white and black intellectuals. United in their opposition to the gradualism preached by Booker T. Washington, the NAACP leaders sought, first, to make whites aware of the need for racial equality. To do this, the organization launched a program of speechmaking, lobbying, and publicizing the issue. It also started a magazine, the Crisis, which was edited for years by the black leader W. E. B. Du Bois. At the same time, the NAACP attacked segregation and racial inequality through the courts. It won a Supreme Court decision in 1915 against the grandfather clause (used by many southern states to prevent blacks from voting) and another in 1927 against the all-white primary.

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