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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Welcomes New Officers to the NAACP Muskegon Branch

I will be the very first to admit....I don't know much about the NAACP.   I do know that the NAACP's mission since 1909 is to insure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate race based discrimination.  Now, given the fact I can admit I don't know much I do know that in 2017 we are nowhere where we need to be when it comes to bridging the gap when it comes to how we get along as a society as a whole.

I don't pretend to have all the answers but I do think that the importance of reaching everyone with this blog is paramount.  Everyone in Muskegon deserves a voice and everyone could certainly use a hand when it comes to understanding both sides of the fence when it comes to race relations.

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The NAACP was started in the early days to stop the awful practice of lynching, and you may have not know this, but... it was started by Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard...both descendants of white abolitionists.  Growing rapidly in the 20's and 30's the NAACP in fact.. from 1917-1919 the group went from 9000 members to 90,000 and the cause grew to include not only the end of lynching...but the end of segregation.  The 40's 50's and 60's were pivotal as the NAACP worked to end segregated schools, worked to help people get voting rights, job discrimination and urban poverty.

I took the invitation from Gloria White Gardner, who was the 2016 Community Impact Award winner in Muskegon for her work with the organization, to visit with the newly elected and sworn in members of the Officers and Executive Committee of the Muskegon NAACP branch at Muskegon's City Hall office.  Meet Gloria and Eric Hood who took a few minutes out before the swearing in to discuss their vision for this historic organization in Muskegon.

It's my belief that everyone needs to do better when it comes to race relations.  I am equally troubled if not more so than most in the state of our affairs as a city, state and nation.  I think my personal feelings are effected very much by my personality.  I am outgoing....I am looking to find the new friend around the next corner and to know that somehow we're not much further along bothers me.  We need to do better trusting...we need to do better communicating and we all need to see that equal means just that....equal.  I wish the new Officers of the Muskegon NAACP the very best in their leadership of this elemental organization and I am grateful they took the time to come on Positively Muskegon.  To learn more about the NAACP on a national level, click on their image below.

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