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

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

 
The December year-end meeting of the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP will take place Saturday, December 9th, at the Hampton Inn, 380 Arbor Drive NE in Christiansburg.  A continental breakfast will be available at 8:30am, and the meeting will start at 9am.  The branch will hear reports of accomplishments in the past year, and plan for the coming year.  (There will be no 4th-Sunday meeting in December.)  All are welcome.

The Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP branch's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration will be held Sunday, January 14th at 3pm at Asbury United Methodist Church, 500 Stuart St in Christiansburg.   Mr. Joseph Sheffey will be our guest speaker. All are welcome.  




NAACP Branch Officers

2017-2018

Ms. Rita Irvin , President

Dr. James Klagge ,
1st VP

Mr. Raymond Bishop , 2nd VP

Ms.Deborah H. Travis , Secretary

Ms. Terry Goodson
Assistant Secretary

Mr. Allen W. Palmer  Treasurer

 Dr. Jim Klagge , Newsletter Editor


Executive Board At-Large
Phyllis Albritton
Ms. Lynn Brammer
Mr. Alvin Humes
Mr. Fred McKenzie

Area 10 Chair:

Alvin Humes


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ACTION ALERT FROM THE NAACP

WE MUST PASS THE DREAM ACT NOW!

DECEMBER 1, 2017

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Sessions announced that as of March 5, 2018, the Trump Administration would formally terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA” program which President Obama had initiated and the NAACP supported in June of 2012.  The program allows some individuals who entered the country as minors without documentation to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.  As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals – referred to as “DREAMERs,” after legislation known as the DREAM Act (the “Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors” Act) – were enrolled in the program created by DACA.  DREAMERs originate from all parts of the world including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Europe, and currently live in every state in our nation.
It is now up to Congress to help the “DREAMERs.” Congress must pass the DREAM Act before adjourning for the Christmas holidays.  Congress has had almost three months to resolve any outstanding issues facing the legislation, yet no action has been taken.  It is immoral and repugnant to play politics with anyone’s life, especially a young life.


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Freedom Fund Banquet October 7, 2017​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


The Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch of the NAACP held its 42nd Freedom Fund Banquet on October 7th in Latham Ballroom at the Inn at Virginia Tech. 380 members and supporters attended. Those gathered opened the evening by singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Youth Council President Zamora White and Radford University Student Branch President Ricardo Graves then lit candles in a Memorial Tribute.
Musical entertainment was provided by JamTight. After the dinner was served, sponsors of the banquet were recognized with crystal lucite figures. The Gold Sponsor, at the level of $2500, was the Virginia Tech Office of the President. Silver Sponsors, at the level of $1000, were Carilion New River Valley Medical Center; Food Lion, Inc.; Radford University Office of the President; Virginia Tech Office for Inclusion and Diversity; and Jefferson College of Health Sciences Office of the President. Bronze Sponsors, at the $800 level, were Asbury United Methodist Church; Lewis Gale Montgomery Hospital; Huntington, Huntington & Huntington, PLLC; Moog, Inc.; Alpha Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; United Auto Workers, Local 2069; and New River Community College. There were 17 Community Sponsors at the $600 level.


​The Nannie B. Hairston Community Service Award, for long-time
service to the NAACP, went to Mrs. Roxie Palmer. Mrs. Palmer
has served as Assistant Secretary, and as Chair of the branch’s
Membership Committee for over ten years. She also has long
worked with the branch Education Committee and Youth Council
empowering young people. In the community Mrs. Palmer is a
32-year charter member of the Christiansburg Ruritan Club,
where she has served on the Scholarship Committee raising funds
for 20 student scholarships over the last 14 years. She also
volunteered as a mentor at Christiansburg Middle School with F-O-R-T: to keep Females On the Right Track. As a long-time member of Asbury UMC, Palmer has served as vice president of United Methodist Women. Mrs. Palmer retired from Alliant Tech after 35 years. She is married to Mr. Allen Palmer, a previous winner of the Hairston Service Award, and is the mother of two and grandmother of two. Mrs. Hairston, for whom the award is named, passed away in July and is sorely missed. She was represented at the award ceremony by her daughter Dy-Anne Penn.

​The keynote speaker at this year’s banquet was Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke,
Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity
at Virginia Tech. Dr. Pratt-Clarke came to Virginia Tech almost two years ago,
from the University of Illinois, bringing over 20 years of academic, administrative
and legal experience.  
Pratt-Clarke spoke on the topic of “Meeting the Challenges.” By drawing on the
story of her mother’s life, she reminded the audience that our challenges are not
new. Last year Pratt-Clarke visited the new Smithsonian Museum of
African-American History with a group from Virginia Tech. The exhibits showed
her that we have met these challenges before. Reflecting on our history
convinced her that we will meet these challenges again. When slaves got to have a
garden plot of their own they got up earlier and went to bed later to cultivate it. We
must work harder, just as they did. When we make a way out of no way, we have to pick
our battles carefully so as not to burn out. Pratt-Clark ended by describing a plant that is lacking in nutrients, but it sends out a tough ornery little leaf anyway. It is by embracing the struggle that we do transformative work.  
The branch President, Ms. Rita Irvin gave concluding remarks. She emphasized the work of the branch with the acronym C-A-U-S-E. As community leaders, we will be deliberate in the way we Communicate, Advocate, Unify, Strategize, and Evaluate.
The banquet concluded with the attendees holding hands and singing “We Shall Overcome” to indicate their commitment to continuing work for civil rights and the betterment of all people in the New River Valley.




























Mrs. Palmer receives Nannie Hairston award
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
NAACP OUTRAGED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL’S IGNORANCE OF FBI REPORT
NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Baltimore, MD – The NAACP, the nation’s original civil rights organization, is outraged by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ alleged ignorance of a recent FBI report on “black identity extremists.”

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on November 14, 2017, Mr. Sessions claimed that he was unaware of the troublesome report, which characterizes certain protestors of police brutality as potential terrorists.
Mr. Sessions did admit, when pressed by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA37), that he was “aware that there are groups that do have an extraordinary commitment to their racial identity, and some have transformed themselves even into violent activists.” However, he evaded Rep. Bass’ questions regarding FBI intelligence on white identity groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
“The NAACP finds it deeply disturbing that the head of the Department of Justice would be unaware of a such a highly criticized report  regarding the dangerous tactic by the FBI of linking protestors of police brutality to violence and terrorism,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO.
“Mr. Sessions’ willingness to name Black activists as a threat and refusal to condemn white supremacist terrorist organizations evokes a double standard that we have seen time and again from this administration and remains unacceptable.”
NAACP National Travel Advisory for American Airlines
The NAACP has for several months been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines. In light of these confrontations, the NAACP issued a travel advisory on October 24, 2017 warning African Americans about their safety and well-being when patronizing American Airlines or traveling on American Airlines flights. The NAACP has called for a meeting with the leadership of American Airlines to air these grievances and to spur corrective action. Until these and other concerns are addressed, this national travel advisory will stand.

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"Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream."
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Montgomery County 
Radford City - Floyd County
NAACP Branch 7072

PO Box 6044 Christiansburg, VA 24068      
540-382-6751



The NAACP is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Montgomery County-Radford City- Floyd County branch is one of over 2,200 branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and also in Germany as well.

WHAT ARE ITS PURPOSES?
As the oldest, largest and strongest civil rights organization in the Unitied States, the NAACP exists to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens in the United States. We are over 500,00 members strong.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
The NAACP is a VOLUNTEER-driven organization made up of members who contribute their time, energies and money to carry out the purposes and to do the work of the organization.

THE CORE FOUR

Information Team 1
Communication
Community Coordination
CREDO


Awareness Team 2
Economic Development, Young Adults
Education, Health, Religious Affairs
Youth and College Connections


Civil Rights/Social Justice Team 3
Criminal Justice, Legal Redress,
Prisoner Support
Political Action, Veterans' Affairs
   
   
Fundraising & Financial Stability Team 4
Membership, Finance
Freedom Fund
Scholarship Fund

  
   

IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO?
THE NAACP IS PEOPLE POWER

We work at the local level in branches. The organization thrives with support from local churches, organizations and citizens willing to speak up and provide insight into the complexity of the issues that hinder the "advancement of colored people" 


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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.