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  • 25 Jun 2019 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    We need financial support to make membership in NAACP College chapter and a Youth Council we are working to establish more affordable.  Can you make a donation to help us reduce the cost of membership from $10 to $5? For every $5 you give, you can help us recruit another student or youth to be a part of the NAACP.  

    Click here to make a donation (please add Youth/College Chapter in the memo line). 

    Please note that the Duluth NAACP is a 501c(4) organization and contributions are not tax exempt. 


  • 14 Apr 2019 7:23 PM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

    decorative imageThe recent appearance of posters throughout Duluth and Superior promoting a white nationalist hate group should be concerning to us all as a community, but especially to citizens who are the targets of such groups. As the National NAACP stated recently, “domestic terrorism...has been the hammer and chisel used to chip away at the humanity of Black Americans and the suppression of our political power” and “it’s high time we prioritize the threat posed by domestic terrorism.”

    We call on Duluth, Superior, and surrounding cities to make a unified commitment and take a public stand against white nationalist groups and the hate they foster. The first and easiest step is through public statements. Beyond that, we ask that our city leaders publicly accept personal responsibility for promoting a community commitment to ensure that black, brown and every citizen has dignity and feels safe living in the Twin Ports and in surrounding cities. We also encourage our community members to stand up and hold people accountable when they see or hear hatred-filled actions.

    We are confident that our community and the city at large will stand together in solidarity to speak up and take action against hate rhetoric in any form. Together we can work to eradicate hate in all its forms; within our families, neighborhoods, and throughout our cities.

    Hate creates fear, and fear creates division, and we need to stand strong as a community; a difference can only be made together.


  • 21 Mar 2019 4:50 PM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

    Photo of Climate marchers by The Climate Reality Project on UnsplashHealthcare design and operations have a significant impact on community and environmental health. It is well understood within healthcare spheres that social and environmental determinants are the largest influences to individual health. Across the nation, hospitals and health systems are leveraging their economic positions and moral standing in communities to address our climate emergency and support livable economies for all and future generations. In Duluth, Vision Northland should not only include, but lead in the promotion of environmental health and justice by modeling environmentally sustainable, economically and environmentally just practices for the broader society and global community.

    Finally, we believe and recommend that the Essentia Vision Northland (VNL) project and future operations must include a recognition of the disproportionate burdens and health inequities that people of color bear and that this understanding and a commitment to environmental equity be made explicit as a VNL goal as well as future Essentia operations goal.

    We support the investments the project will bring forth for health and jobs. We ask that the city and project developers to consider increased conversations with stakeholders, and the social, economic and environmental impacts of the project on the communities overall health and how it impacts everyone living, working, and playing in Duluth.

  • 20 Mar 2019 4:45 PM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

    In April 2018, thirty-five Duluth community members attended the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, visiting sites where racial terror had occurred along the way. Among them were several members of the Duluth NAACP, who have agreed to share their experiences on this journey.

    Claudie Washington was, at the time of the recording, the 2nd Vice President of NAACP-Duluth Branch and President of the Twin Ports African American Men’s Group, as well as former long term President of Duluth NAACP and former Vice President of the Minnesota & Dakotas Area State NAACP Conference. Ivy Vainio is chair of the Duluth Branch NAACP Communications Committee.

    Content Warning: Due to the violent subject matter, some of the events discussed in these Duluth to Montgomery Reflections interviews may be unsettling.

    Credits: Duluth to Montgomery Reflections produced by Ivy Vainio, Becky Nelson, Abby Dillon, and Nat Harvie. Our theme music was composed by Jake Vainio.

    Transcript will be available soon.

    To hear other episodes, visit the main Duluth to Montgomery Reflections podcast page.

  • 20 Feb 2019 4:42 PM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

    In April 2018, thirty-five Duluth community members attended the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, visiting sites where racial terror had occurred along the way. Among them were several members of the Duluth NAACP, who have agreed to share their experiences on this journey.

    Portia Johnson is a Duluth respected elder, civil rights activist, and lifetime member of NAACP. Ivy Vainio is chair of the Duluth Branch NAACP Communications Committee.

    Content Warning: Due to the violent subject matter, some of the events discussed in these Duluth to Montgomery Reflections interviews may be unsettling.

    Credits: Duluth to Montgomery Reflections produced by Ivy Vainio, Becky Nelson, Abby Dillon, and Nat Harvie. Our theme music was composed by Jake Vainio.

    Transcript will be available soon.

    To hear other episodes, visit the main Duluth to Montgomery Reflections podcast page.

  • 5 Feb 2019 10:42 AM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

    Moments in the Movement-2019 Freedom Fund DinnerDuluth’s NAACP chapter is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Freedom Fund Dinner. Following in the footsteps of the national NAACP, recognizing this is a time for action and change, the event, Moments in the Movement, will be held February 22nd, 2019 at Clyde Iron. The theme of our event aspires to highlight those moments that brought awareness of inequities and injustice and continue to encourage us to mobilize our communities to work together for change.

    Moments in the Movement includes a graphic design art exhibition on the theme by UMD graphic design students, live entertainment and keynote speaker Dr. Mary Canty Merrill,  Entrepreneur, Psychologist, Educator, Advocate, Author, Speaker, Provocateur, World Traveler-Dr. Mary’s most recent literary project—scheduled to launch in early 2019—is entitled, Why Black Lives Matter (Too): Voices of Our Youth. It is Part 2 of her popular and thought-provoking anthology, Why Black Lives Matter (Too): A Revolutionary Call to Action. As a seasoned professional and social justice advocate, Dr. Mary is committed to developing viable solutions that address critical issues by examining race, improving relations and getting to collective impact.

    We will also showcase the accomplishments of the Duluth NAACP and celebrate the work of social/racial justice leaders in our community.

    This year’s MC is local cultural and Naptural style trendsetter, UMD office of Diversity and Equity advisor Sandra Oyinloye

    Doors open at 5:00 for the art exhibition and the dinner and program begin at 6:00. For more information visit the website: duluthnaacp.org/freedomfund

    Tickets may be purchased on the website (duluthnaacp.org/freedomfund) with a credit card or PayPal account or by check or money orders made out to “Duluth NAACP” with “Freedom Fund Dinner” in the memo line. They can be mailed to the following address: P.O. Box 494 Duluth, MN 55801 ATTN: Freedom Fund Committee.

    Tickets for the event are $60 which includes a yearly membership to the NAACP.

  • 16 Jan 2019 11:36 AM | Communications Committee (Administrator)
    MLK 2019 events flyer - details in article textDuluth and Superior are honoring and celebrating the legacy of Civil Rights Movement leader, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a series of tribute events from January 20 - 21 coordinated by the Duluth Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). These events are free and open to the public.

    This year’s theme is “The Current Crisis” which comes from an article by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., submitted for publication in March of 1958. In the article under the full title, “The Current Crisis in Race Relations,” King tells us that the crisis had been affirmed by the reactions of the country to the Supreme Court’s decision to integrate schools.

    Dr. King also speaks to the theological reasoning for nonviolence and integration. Nonviolence combats the evil committed by individuals rather than combating the individuals committing evil. As we contextualize his ideology today in our fight for justice and racial equity, we remember that our fight isn’t between individuals but with the systems of oppression that affect each of us. As King says “The tension is at bottom between justice and injustice.”

    We will honor Dr. King in this year’s events including:

    • Interfaith Worship Service - January 20, 4pm at Peace United Church of Christ - 300 E 2nd St, Duluth
    • Community Breakfast - January 21, 7am at First United Methodist Church - 230 E. Skyline Pkwy, Duluth
    • March - January 21, 10am at Washington Center - 310 N 1st Ave W, Duluth, MN 55806 & March begins at 11:15 AM
    • Rally - January 21, 12 pm at the DECC - 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth.
    The Inter-Faith Worship Service will include remarks from Rev. Tracey Gibson of St. Mark AME Church; Dr. Jerel Benton, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity at UWS; Rickie Defoe, Fond du Lac Ojibwe tribal member and spiritual advisor; and Rabbi David Steinberg of Temple Israel. Performers will be the Wayman A.M.E. Men's Chorus including Henry Banks.

    The Community Breakfast will feature a free, hot, delicious meal provided by the Duluth Grill and served by the African American Men’s Group; a presentation by First United Methodist Church Pastor Jeanne Alexander; and a live-streamed broadcast of the Twin Cities MLK Day Celebration. The program’s emcee will be Stephanie Williams of the planning committee.

    The 2019 MLK March will host a variety of youth and community activities, giveaways, and refreshments starting at 10am, and the March will begin promptly at 11:15am.

    The 2019 MLK Rally keynote speaker is Minneapolis resident, singer-songwriter, and Black Lives Matter activist Me’Lea Connelly. She is the founder of Blexit, a grassroots economic resistance organization and the Director of the Association for Black Economic Power. The Rally emcee is Tolu Ekisola, a local actress in her final semester at the University of Minnesota Duluth completing a BFA in Musical Theatre and Deaf Studies. Performances from Deiondrea VanDassor and Joyce Biddle, the ARE Poets, and Majur Attraktion will also take place along with the City of Duluth’s Proclamation, installation of NAACP Officers, and amazing giveaways! The 2019 Drum Major for Peace Award Recipients for youth, adult, and organization categories will be announced at the Rally as well.

    All events in the MLK Tribute series serve to inspire and educate our community, honoring the work and life of Martin Luther King, Jr. through meaningful local community engagement. For the first year ever, we have available a series of 2019 MLK Commemorative Posters created to our theme for pre-sale with all proceeds going towards supporting the events. Visit duluthnaacp.org/shop to order today. They will also be available at the Inter-Faith Worship Service and the MLK Rally for pick-up. Posters will be sold at the events while supplies last.

    For more on all of our MLK Tribute events, please visit duluthnaacp.org/mlk.

    The 2019 MLK events are made possible this year by the American Indian Community Housing Organization, American Lung Association, Blackbird Revolt, Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, DanSan Creatives, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth Grill, First United Methodist Church, Interfaith Action Of Greater Saint Paul, ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools' Office of Educational Equity, Ivy Vainio & Arne Vainio, M.D., Minnesota Environmental Partnership, National Audio Visual, Northland Foundation, Peace United Church of Christ, Temple Israel, The College of St. Scholastica, The University of Minnesota Duluth Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Trans Plus, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

  • 16 Jan 2019 11:34 AM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

    In April 2018, thirty-five Duluth community members attended the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, visiting sites where racial terror had occurred along the way. Among them were several members of the Duluth NAACP, who have agreed to share their experiences on this journey.

    Ronnie Wells is a Duluth community member. Ivy Vainio is chair of the Duluth Branch NAACP Communications Committee.

    Content Warning: Due to the violent subject matter, some of the events discussed in these Duluth to Montgomery Reflections interviews may be unsettling.

    Credits: Duluth to Montgomery Reflections produced by Ivy Vainio, Becky Nelson, Abby Dillon, and Nat Harvie. Our theme music was composed by Jake Vainio.

    Transcript will be available soon.

    To hear other episodes, visit the main Duluth to Montgomery Reflections podcast page.

  • 3 Jan 2019 10:53 PM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

    Stephan Witherspoon, Duluth NAACP Branch PresidentAs we embark on another year, the NAACP Duluth Branch has made incredible strides in the Twin Ports area, letting our community know we hear them, we love them, and we will fight any injustice placed on them. Our working committees have been vital in addressing health, education, labor, criminal justice, and social justice initiatives in our marginalized communities. Although we have made some pretty dramatic positive steps in these areas, we must remain at the forefront of our revolution to keep moving towards a more equitable and liberated society.

    It is quite amazing that the NAACP Duluth Branch membership has increased tenfold in the past couple years. As our membership grows, I encourage the new members and existing members who are not on our working committees to get involved and use their skills to forward our mission. For those who haven’t become members yet, I also highly encourage you to take that step and join us in our work. Our Rapid Response Team, which directly responds to individual and community grievances. We will deal with such grievances together with knowledgeable and prompt action, needs more of our members involved. The people’s voice does matter and will be heard. It is important we establish a Housing Committee to address the current issues we face today.

    I ask all of you to intentionally reference our vision while doing this important work:

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

    I want to give a shout out to all of our working relationships with other community organizations and individuals who are powerfully building the resistance of the many facets of oppression we face today. We will face them together with one accord!

    I would like to personally thank our committees for all the effort they put into our community:

    • Communications, Press and Publicity
    • Community Coordination (MLK Tribute Events, Juneteenth, etc.)
    • Criminal Justice
    • Economic Development
    • Educational Equity
    • Finance
    • Freedom Fund Dinner
    • Health & Environmental Equity
    • Labor & Industry
    • Membership & Life Membership
    • Political Action
    • Young Adult

    You are all doing stellar work for the NAACP Duluth Branch, and I thank you!

    Finally, my prayer for all of you this new year is to continue the meaningful and much needed work that has been passed down to us through the lineage of our forefathers/mothers and all the civil rights activists before us. Lean on each other, care for one another, and be champions in this revolution even when no one is looking.

    Many Blessings and Happy New Year,

    Stephan Witherspoon,
    President, NAACP Duluth Branch

    “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.” -Nelson Mandela


  • 19 Dec 2018 10:52 PM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

    In April 2018, thirty-five Duluth community members attended the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, visiting sites where racial terror had occurred along the way. Among them were several members of the Duluth NAACP, who have agreed to share their experiences on this journey.

    Sandra Oyinloye is a Duluth community activist. Ivy Vainio is chair of the Duluth Branch NAACP Communications Committee.

    Content Warning: Due to the violent subject matter, some of the events discussed in these Duluth to Montgomery Reflections interviews may be unsettling.

    Credits: Duluth to Montgomery Reflections produced by Ivy Vainio, Becky Nelson, Abby Dillon, and Nat Harvie. Our theme music was composed by Jake Vainio.

    Transcript will be available soon.

    To hear other episodes, visit the main Duluth to Montgomery Reflections podcast page.

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