President William Hall
First Vice President Dr. Janice T. Walthour
Second Vice President Adrianne Dillahunt
Recording Secretary Jessica Dorsey
Corresponding Secretary Teri Branch
Assistant Secretary Delores Wilson
Treasurer Anthony Paxton
Assistant Treasurer Stuart Newkirk
Communications, Press and Publicity Committee
William Hall - Chairperson
The Communications, Press and Publicity Committee promotes media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation and fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding; endeavors to secure publicity for the work of the Unit and the Association in the local press and on radio, television and other media; attempts to interest persons in charge of local news media on conditions affecting minority groups; seeks to counteract derogatory and erroneous statements in local news media about Blacks and other minority groups; and be responsible for forwarding to THE CRISIS items covering Unit activities and important local affairs.
Adrianne M. Dillahunt - Chairperson
The Community Coordination Committee enlists the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of African Americans and other communities of color.
Dr. Janice Walthour - Chairperson
The Education Committee seeks to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; studies local educational conditions affecting minority groups; investigates the public school system and school zoning; familiarizes itself with textbook material there from which is racially derogatory; seeks to stimulate school attendance; keep informed of school conditions and strives to correct abuses where found; investigates the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices; teacher certification; promotes parental involvement in education; and aims to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.
Claudia Pickeral Scholarship Committee
Delores Wilson - Chairperson
This committee was established in memory of Claudia Pickeral for the purpose of making educational opportunities available to students in St. Mary’s County. Claudia was the victim of a homicide at a very young age. Members of the committee will receive and screen applicants. The committee awards at least two $500 academic scholarships annually to deserving students who have been accepted at or currently attending an accredited college, university, trade or technical school. The St. Mary’s County Business, Education and Community Alliance, Incorporated (BECA) assists the NAACP Education Committee with the administration of this scholarship.
Kenneth Green - Chairperson
The Finance Committee consists of the president, treasurer, and at least one other member. It shall study the financial needs of the Unit and shall be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.
Freedom Fund Committee
Charlottis Woodley - Chairperson
Darlene Johnson - * Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Chairperson
The Freedom Fund Committee plans and conducts fund-raising activities, entertainment and other projects for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association's program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.
Vacant - Chairperson
The Health Committee works to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans; assesses the health needs of the community; advocates for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; sponsors health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and supports health initiatives of the Association.
Legal Redress Committee
Alonzo Gaskin - Chairperson
The Legal Redress Committee investigates all cases reported to it; supervises all litigation in which the Unit is interested; keeps the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It does not give general legal advice.
Membership and Life Membership Committee
Delores Wilson - Chairperson
The Membership Committee works throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association. It is responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; and initiates all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.
Political Action Committee
Tony Branch - Chairperson
The Political Action Committee seeks to increase voter registration and voting; works for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; seeks the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; works to improve the administration of justice; works to secure equal enforcement of the law; and keeps the National Office and the Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.
Youth Work Committee
Mia Bowers - Chairperson
The Youth Work Committee develops and coordinates the programs of the branch and youth groups; and monitors the youth membership in the Branch.
Pastor Michael Barber
The Religious Affairs Committee includes ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Unit. The committee promotes an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; interprets the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths; enlists the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and provides resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.
The St. Mary’s County Branch NAACP joins with branches in Maryland, across the United States and in other countries to advocate for justice until all, without regard to race, gender, creed or religion enjoy equal status.
Visit the pages of our website, if you are interested in information about ways that you can learn more about the impact of civil rights and social justice issues locally and link to the state and national websites for more information. Find out how you can advocate and take action to support the mission of the NAACP that is being accomplished by the St. Mary’s County Branch. Our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
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- Sojourner Truth
Mr. William Hall
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