Recently, the Clayton county branch of the NAACP got a fresh start by electing a new president and installing several new officers.
“Contrary to what is perceived about the NAACP, we are not a political organization. We are a civil rights organization,” says C. Synamon Baldwin, who is the first woman to serve as president of the Clayton county NAACP. “We do not endorse any candidates! We do sponsor forums, debates and town hall meetings. We register people to vote and provide voter education. We are a 501(c)4 which allows us to promote issues that are important to people of all colors.”
Founded February 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. As per the website, the organization was formed partly in response to 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois. Its main goals are to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minorities, eliminate racial prejudice, and remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes. The Clayton branch was formed in the summer of 1986.
“The NAACP is also not a Black organization, and has always been comprised of Black and White people. We are reaching out to our Latino, Hispanic, Asian, Haitian and people of all colors to join us,” adds Baldwin. “The goal for the Clayton Branch NAACP is to raise the bar for civil public discourse, whether the topic is among others, health, education, race or politics.”
To join, call 404.424.6567 or you can join online (check unit #5639 for Clayton County).