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2019/20 Executive Committee

Mission Statement

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. The Duluth Minnesota Branch embodies the mission statement of the National NAACP by working to bring unity in our local communities.

Vision Statement

Our vision for the Northland is one with equitable opportunities for people of African heritage and other marginalized communities.


  • 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 US
  • 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.


Stephan Witherspoon, He/Him


Andrea Gelb, She/Her

Exec / Freedom Fund Dinner

Bob Grytdahl, He/Him

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Claudie Washington, He/Him

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Stephanie Williams, She/Her

Admin Assistant

Janet Kennedy, She/Her

1st Vice / Health Chair

Cruz Mendoza, He/Him

Criminal Justice Chair

Kevin Skwira-Brown, He/Him

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Danny Frank, He/Him

Political Action Co-Chair

Emily Drevlow, She/Her


Doug Bowen-Bailey, He/Him

Executive Committee

Sharon Witherspoon, She/Her

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Audrey Devine-Ellers, She/Her

Exec / Education Chair

Salaam Witherspoon, She/Her
Community Coordination Chair