Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP (Branch 7092)
P.O. Box 6044
Christiansburg, Virginia 24068
(540)382-6751

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General body meetings of the Montgomery County -Radford City - Floyd County NAACP take place on the 4th Sunday of the month (but not in July or December) at 3:30 PM. (Location subject to change.) Call 540-382-6751 for notices. Membership forms are available at all meetings. All are welcome. 

Next meeting: February 25, 3:30 PM, Community Center, 570 High Street Christiansburg, VA 

Asbury UMC presents "Community Conversations"

While this is not an NAACP event, Asbury UMC will be holding community conversations over the next several weeks on issues of local concern--at-risk children, food insecurity, and prison recidivism.  The conversations will begin with a free dinner, and will include expert input as well as group participation.  All are welcome.

Soul Food Sampling




The fourth annual Soul Food Sampling will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall in Blacksburg. 
Celebrate Black History Month eating great traditional soul food and recalling Blacksburg’s New Town as an African-American neighborhood. 
For more information click here.
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NAACP MLK Celebration
Press Release-January 14, 2018

The Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch of the NAACP in conjunction with the Pulaski County Branch of the NAACP hosted the area’s 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration on January 14th at Asbury United Methodist Church in Christiansburg. Once the sanctuary was filled, extra chairs were placed in the aisles and the narthex.  Some 150 members and friends of the branches attended. 

After greetings and an opening prayer by Rev. Kathy Carpenter of Asbury UMC, Miss Allison Foster of the NAACP Youth Council read a poem in honor of Dr. King, and Miss Leila Haley of the Youth Council read a poem, “Two Hands,” urging us to action on the pattern of Dr. King.  Following this, Miss Haley was joined by four other members of the Youth Council to perform a spiritual dance tribute.

​The local NAACP Branch awarded two MLK Community Service awards at the celebration. They were introduced by branch secretary Deborah H. Travis.  Mrs. Rhonda Rogers of Blacksburg received the award for her leadership in diversity education at both Virginia Tech and in the community.  Mrs. Rogers was the first African-American to hold an administrative position in the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, serving as a role model for many.  She won the Virginia Tech’s President’s Award of Excellence for her work as an administrator, and the Virginia Tech Students Affairs Heroine Award.  As a member of Asbury UMC, Mrs. Rogers is the lay-leader, sings in the choir, and volunteers at the local juvenile detention center.  Mrs. Rogers is married to Phil Rogers.  They have two children and three grandchildren.

Mr. Alan Johnson of Christiansburg also received the MLK Community Service Award for his many community service roles. Mr. Johnson is retired from Verizon, where he worked for over 30 years and served as a union representative.  He has also worked for the Christiansburg Recreation Department for 46 years, and is well-known for his refereeing and work with youth. Mr. Johnson is known locally as a musician, performing for the Asbury UMC choir, for NAACP events, and for community events.  As a member of Asbury UMC, Mr. Johnson has been chair of the Administrative Council, the Finance Committee, and he has led the church’s annual Christmas caroling at local hospitals and nursing homes.  He is married to Freda Johnson.  They have two children and a new grandson. 


A collection was taken for the branch’s Samuel H. Clarke Memorial Scholarships, awarded to graduating seniors going on to further their education.  The collection amounted to nearly $1000.  The branch awards up to five scholarships each year, and beginning this year the scholarships will be worth $1000.  The current recipient of the scholarship is Sterling Sims, who attends Lincoln University.  Applications for next year’s scholarship are available from the branch.

The keynote address was given by Mr. Joseph Sheffey. Mr. Sheffey recently retired from 36 years working as an administrator at New River Community College, and 28 years as a member of the Pulaski Board of Supervisors, serving 20 of those years as its chairperson. He has received numerous awards for his dedication to community service.  He called himself a statesman rather than a politician because he listened to citizens and did not make campaign promises.

















​Mr. Sheffey spoke on the subject “Dr. King, we still have your dream.”  After summarizing several high points in King’s life and work, Sheffey emphasized the importance of embracing a culture of diversity today.  He closed by citing the eloquent words of several recent presidents, both Republican and Democrat, in times of national tragedy, and reminded us of the important role of leaders in bringing people together.
After a benediction by Rev. Linda Dickerson of Northside Presbyterian Church, the celebration closed with all participants and attendees singing a moving rendition of “We Shall Overcome” as everyone held hands in unity.



























The Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County branch of the NAACP holds its regular monthly meetings on the 4th Sunday of the month, starting at 3:30pm.  The January 28th meeting will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 500 Stuart Street in Christiansburg.  All are welcome.












    
Rhonda Rogers and Alan Johnson, winners of the MLK Community Service awards. (Photo courtesy of James C. Klagge)
Joseph Sheffey, invited speaker. (Photo courtesy of James C. Klagge)



Mistress of Ceremonies, Shirley Brown thanks speaker Joseph Sheffey. (Photo courtesy of Larry Middleton)
Glen Holmes, keybordist (foreground) and attendees singing "We Shall Overcome".  (Photos courtesy of James C. Klagge)
Rita Irvin, Branch President (R) with members of the NAACP Youth Council. (Photo courtesy of James C. Klagge)
NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS DECRY RAW RACISM OF TRUMP
JANUARY 13, 2018

Amidst Principled Negotiations on the Dream Act, Trump Shows That One Value Drives His Decisions Above All Others: White Supremacy
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the raw racism of Donald Trump and those driving his immigration and other policy making decisions were on full display as he called for fewer Black people to be admitted into the United States in favor of white immigrants. This morning, the President doubled down on his comments offering a weak justification for his racist viewpoint.
Today, civil rights and immigrant rights organization leaders offered their perspectives on Trump’s disturbing comments and their call for a return to a principle-driven negotiations on the Dream Act.
Speakers included Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Jonathan Jayes-Green, Co-Founder and Director, UndocuBlack Network; Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President, UnidosUS; Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, The Advancement Project; Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream; Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP.
Jonathan Jayes-Green, Co-Founder and Director, Undocublack Network, said:
“This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that Trump blatantly disregards people of African descent. But what this does is that it eliminates the ability of Congress to plead ignorance. There is no other reason to scrap the Diversity visa program and providing protections for TPS holders than blatant racism on his part.
“Congress, you have a choice to make: Either side with this racist agenda or protect immigrant communities now. We need a clean Dream Act NOW. We need to protect the Diversity program and we need a permanent solution for TPS holders including Haitians, Salvadorans, Liberia,  Sierra Leone,  Guinea and the rest of nations.”
Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project’s national office, said:
“When Trump says something like ‘shithole countries,’ he’s devaluing people of color who have contributed to this country for hundreds of years. Our worth is not in question. We need to put this in perspective: Trump is calling for a racial purge. His policies around TPS and DACA would remove more than a million people from the country—mostly people of color.
 “The question for Congress, then, is whose side are you on. Congress must act or be considered complicit. It is not enough to condemn harsh words. They must protect TPS holders, Dreamers, and other immigrants who contribute to our country. As we near the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, we are reminded that history is watching. The moment calls for courage and radical action, not words.”
Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said:
“The President’s words were simply racist, repugnant, and reprehensible, and they have no place in our political discourse. Congress must prove that America’s founding values and principles are more than words by repudiating the President’s disgusting remarks and passing bipartisan legislation now to protect Dreamers and families covered by Temporary Protected Status.”
Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream, said:
“This is a moment of moral reckoning for this country. Every single member of Congress must choose: will you pass the Dream Act and act on values of justice, dignity, and the belief that all of us are created equal, or will you stand with white supremacy. 

“By January 19th, Congress must pass the Dream Act to protect immigrant youth from deportation and protect families who are protected by the TPS program. We saw Trump’s racism in action just yesterday when a mob of Trump supporters who shouted “white power” and stalked immigrant youth as they traveled to Republican offices through Southern California.  But in this moment we are leading with courage and love, and nothing is going to stop us from this fight, because we know what is right.”
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League, said:
“President Trump’s crude comments further reveal the repugnant racial motivations behind his administration’s immigration policies. It is incumbent upon Congress to stand firm for American principles and immediately enact bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers. We in the Urban League’s Movement believe, like most Americans, that this nation must remain ‘Mother of Exiles’ and that the ‘tempest-tost’ may seek refuge here.”
Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP, said:
“As I arrive in Los Angeles to celebrate the 49th annual NAACP Image Award, where we’ll honor members of the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike of 1968  who demonstrated courage necessary to make democracy work for all. I recognize the current political landscape, a landscape in which the president of this nation lacks the moral courage necessary to lead. He has demonstrated time and time again that he simply cannot grasp the concept of inclusion, the concept of democracy, the concept of respecting an individual’s humanity.  I’ve spoken to Haitian leaders and individuals across the country who are from African nations and the level of outrage I am hearing is a level read about in the history books and during the civil rights movement when African Americans and African descendants felt a level of persecution that no American citizen or individual should feel. Not only should Congress denounce the president’s statements, they should continue to support our history of inclusion and pass the Dream Act.”
Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President, UnidosUS, said:
“What Latinos have witnessed, first on the campaign trail and now in the policies being advanced by this administration, is an all out assault against our community. The President’s comments yesterday continue to provide proof of what underlies that assault, and to unmask the  underpinnings of proposals floated by Senator Cotton, Rep. Goodlatte and Steve Miller: a strategy to weaken the ties that bind us as Americans, by pitting one community against another and demonizing millions in the process. This is an attempt to undermine what the majority of Americans consider one of our greatest national assets—our country’s diversity.
“For America’s Latino community, 9 out of 10 of whom are United States Citizens, the time for shallow condemnation and cringing is long over. Members of Congress who continue issuing statements to distance themselves from racist comments also need to take action to distance themselves from racist policies. The many who have voiced the need to address the plight of Dreamers have a clear decision to make: they can either support serious bipartisan negotiations happening in good faith and achieve a solution by January 19th, or not. There is no gray area here. A failure to stand for a solution is an embrace of racialized policy-making designed to persecute contributing immigrants based on the color of their skin, and in doing so continue to be complicit in the maligning of Latino and Black communities regardless of immigration status. And there is no amount of hand-wringing or excuses that can cover that up.”


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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

​OUR MISSION
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

VISION STATEMENT
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

OBJECTIVES
The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution - the principal objectives of the Association shall be:
To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.