RISE Spelling Bee

RISE will be hosting a spelling bee at the Black Historical Cultural Center. February 1st. Doors open at 11am.

Note that this event is hosted by RISE and is not a UIL, AISD or Amarillo NAACP event.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Please join us for a day of service honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

Monday January 20th

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Community Wide Cleanup (check-in at Warford Activity Center 1330 NW 18th)
12:00PM – 3:00PM Volunteer Lunch (Warford Activity Center 1330 NW 18th) 30+ vendors with community resources
4:00 – 6:00 PM 79107 Matters (Black Historical Cultural Center – 901 N. Hayden)

Community Meeting Regarding Recent Shooting

There will be a community meeting tomorrow to discuss the recent shooting which occurred in the early morning hours Friday. This meeting will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the basement meeting area at 12:30 pm.

Contrary to news reports, this meeting is not sponsored by the NAACP although members will be in attendance along with other members of the community. The NAACP is one of many organizations, members of law enforcement and members of the community who were invited by the organizer, Rev Sands, Pastor Mt. Zion Baptist Church to participate.

Important School Board Meeting

This Thursday, November 14th please join members of the Amarillo Branch NAACP at the Amarillo Independent School District board meeting.

One particularly important agenda item will be “B. 8. Consider accepting the resignation of Trustee Cristy Wilkinson.” As with any vacancy on the school board, it’s important that our voice is heard and our presence is noted as the board decides how to fill the potential vacancy.

Important legislation introduced by Representative Al Green to make home buying in Texas more equitable.

(Washington, D.C.) – On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, and Congressman William Lacy Clay introduced H.R. 4783 and released the following statement:

Congressman Al Green said, “Access to credit and homeownership is a common struggle for far too many new Americans and immigrant communities, in part because of strong language barriers. Offering information essential to the homebuying process in the preferred language of the borrower is critical to ensuring this access for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). The language preference question – previously included on the Universal Residential Loan Application (URLA) form which is used for loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – serves to help regulators gather pertinent information on borrowers’ language preferences so that we can decrease the likelihood of language barriers presenting a deterrent or challenge for prospective LEP homebuyers. In August 2019, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) removed this critical question, and their arbitrary decision perpetuates the risk of predatory lending practices that many LEP homebuyers fall prey to because of language barriers. The LEP Data Acquisition in Mortgage Lending Act of 2019, introduced by my colleagues Congresswoman Chu, Congresswoman Garcia, Congressman Clay, and I today, will require the language preference question to be reinstated on the URLA. We must continue collecting language preference information to ensure a fair and equitable approach to homebuying for all persons, regardless of their primary language.”

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Upcoming Events In November

November 2nd
Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
CC Grand Plaza

November 7th
Executive Committee Meeting
(Executive Committee Only)
Warford Center

Cancelled in honor of Veteran’s Day
November 9th
General Membership Meeting
Mt. Olive Baptist

Support the Census

At our general meeting this afternoon, Ms. Shadrona Carter of the United States Census Bureau shared information about what could be the most important census of our lifetimes.

Our country holds a census every 10 years to count the population. This count decides everything from federal funding to the number of seats a state will have in the House of Representatives. Accurate census information has been and will continue to be an important part of defending our voice in government and protecting our rights.

You can learn more about the census and what you can do to help protect the accuracy of this key part of our democracy by visiting 2020census.gov. Do your part to get the word out that EVERYONE needs to respond to the census next year.

Also be aware that scammers may try to claim to be part of the census. Make sure everyone you know is aware that census takers will NEVER ask for Social Security information, bank information, donations of any kind or ask you to join a political party.


The US Census Bureau is looking for applications to serve as census takers. Flexible hours and competitive compensation. Visit: 2020Census.gov/jobs for more information.