AISD Board Meeting Tonight

Be sure to attend the AISD board meeting this evening. The agenda calls for a discussion on policy for renaming schools. This will not be a meeting to actually rename the school. It’s still a great idea to be there and show support for change. “Keep moving forward.”

NAACP / Indivisible Candidate Forum Saturday, April 6th

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The NAACP, in collaboration with Indivisible Amarillo and Panhandle PBS would like to invite you to the Amarillo ISD School Board Candidate Forum on April 6, 2019 from 10:30 to 12:00 at the Downtown Public Library. Seven of the eight candidates will answer questions posed by Karen Welch of Panhandle PBS.
If you live in the AISD district, you will have three votes. You can give all three votes to one candidate, or split them between two or three candidates. Your votes are very important. Please plan on coming to hear where the candidates stand on various issues concerning AISD.

Mandatory Training For Officers and Executive Committee

Where: Mt Olive Baptist Church Annex 1015 N. Monroe.
When: 1:00pm to 5:00pm Saturday April 13th (following the regular 12:00pm meeting)
Cost: $25

Mandatory training will be Saturday, April 13, 2019 following the monthly meeting at 12:00 noon form 1:00 to 5pm, after the regular monthly meeting. The regular monthly meeting will start at 12:00 noon.

Training will be in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Annex, 1015 N. Monroe.

The cost of the training will be $25.00 per person. This is the last opportunity to take the training by May 31st. If you do not take the training, you will have to resign your position on June 1, 2019. Please call the Branch President at 806-290-8705 if you have any questions!

Amarillo Branch NAACP 2019 Scholarship Awards Banquet

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Our theme this year is, “Today’s Youth………. Tomorrow’s Future”

 

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Our Keynote Speaker will be Rev. Charlie Love, CEO, G Five One

Join us Thursday May 9, 2019
Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza
at 6:30 P.M.

Tickets:
Donation $35.00
Students and Seniors $30.00

Table Sponsor $325 Non-profits
$500 Businesses/Corporations

For Tickets, Tables, and additional information, call Amarillo Branch NAACP at 806-367-7818, Sharon Anthony at 806-382-8495, Maxine Rabb-Brandon at 806-690-0192 or any Amarillo NAACP Executive Committee Member!

Gary Bledsoe ’76 Awarded Virgil C. Lott Medal

February 11, 2019

Gary Bledsoe ’76 has been named the winner of the 2019 Virgil C. Lott Medal, an honor presented every two years by the School of Law to recognize those who uphold the values of Virgil Lott ’53, the school’s first African-American graduate. Bledsoe, the longtime president of the NAACP’s Texas chapter, and currently the Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, was presented with the medal during a gala dinner on February 7.

The award honors the memory of Lott, a true pioneer and distinguished graduate, and, in the words of Dean Ward Farnsworth, “honors men and women who, like Mr. Lott, have made significant contributions to the legal profession and to the improvement of understanding among all peoples.”

Gary Bledsoe, distinguished Austin lawyer and permanent class president of the Class of ’76, has not only made incredible contributions to the legal profession but has also worked tirelessly to advance civil rights by educating the next generations of world-class lawyers. He served as a Texas Southern University regent from 2007 to 2017 and has also served as President of the Texas NAACP since his election in 1991.

The celebratory evening began with the unveiling of the new Virgil C. Lott commemorative display. Dean Ward Farnsworth led the smiling circle of family members and dear friends in a champagne toast to Lott’s extraordinary life and legacy.

Following the unveiling, guests gathered in the Atrium and enjoyed welcoming remarks by the Dean and Virgil C. Lott’s daughter, Joycelyn Lott Toliver. Although Senator Rodney Ellis ’79 was unable to attend in person – as he too was receiving an honor that evening – he made his deep regard for both Bledsoe and Lott know by way of a heartfelt video tribute.

“You’ve been a great civil rights leader. Your work on voting rights issues and redistricting issues have certainly made an impact in my life,” said Ellis, “And I thank you. Congratulations and have a great evening.”

Chief Justice Jefferson ’88, a prior recipient of the Virgil C. Lott medal, then took the podium to express his admiration for and give congratulations to Dean Bledsoe. Applause echoed through the law school as Bledsoe accepted his medal from Jefferson and Dean Farnsworth.  It was with great humility that Bledsoe expressed his gratitude for this honor.  He implored us all to do our part in making a more just and equitable world.

Recipients of the Virgil C. Lott medal are chosen by a distinguished committee headed by Dean Ward Farnsworth, former Dean Larry Sager, and previous winners. Previous recipients of the Virgil C. Lott Medal are Former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Wallace B. Jefferson ’88, Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis ’79, the Honorary Ron Kirk ’79, former Mayor of Dallas and the U.S. Trade Representative from 2009 to 2013, and Myra McDaniel ’75 Texas’ first African American Secretary of State.

– Linda Lydia

Black History Month Program

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NAACP, Amarillo Branch Presents
Black History Month Program

Theme: The Year of the Woman

Date: February 23rd, 2019

Location: Amarillo College Concert Hall Theater

Time: 3pm

Tickets: $25 Adults*, $15 Students*
* Ticket price includes the program and the reception.

For Tickets call Jerri: 530.913.7254, Maxine 806.690.0192, or Melodie 806.640.8184

Soul Food Dinner Reception at In This Moment 707 S. Polk at 5pm

Living History: A Collection of Experiences

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Join us for the premiere of Living History: a collection of experiences. The 70-minute mini-documentary produced by Leeann Kossey Overstreet presents the whole story about the experiences of African American leaders in our community with racial discrimination. project is meant to preserve that history and to acknowledge the progress our area has made and has yet to make with equal opportunity.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6 PM
Where: Bud Joyner Auditorium, Amarillo College, Polk Street Campus

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March

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Please join us for the the annual march in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday Jan. 21st
10 am – meet at MLK Park 1501 West Amarillo Blvd
11:30 am – march to the Potter County Courthouse
Noon – a program at Potter Country Courthouse

Our keynote speaker will be Reverend Nell Newton with speeches by Amy Taylor and Melodie Graves. There will be a musical performance by Devlon Jones, and an induction ceremony for incoming NAACP officers and Committee by Potter Country Commissioner Mercy Murguia.

Closing remarks by Amarillo Branch NAACP President Floyd Anthony.

The March Route

The March Route