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New Year’s Greetings from Branch President - Stephan Witherspoon

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