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Message from the President
Teresa Haley, President
NAACP Illinois State Conference
As I complete my 1st term as State President, I want to say thank you for your support and prayers. Together we have accomplished a lot in two years. And there is so much more work we must do. The committee has worked hard to make this convention a great success! My theme is “We Are One Illinois – One NAACP” and we have worked together across the state to ensure that everyone’s civil rights are protected.
Under my leadership, we have “kept it movin!” I have traveled from Cairo to Chicago to address Police Reform and Housing Discrimination. Hosted a townhall meeting in Cairo to address the housing crisis. Participated in 100th Commemoration of the 1917 Race Riots in East St. Louis. Participated in countless interviews to address shootings of black males throughout this country. Worked with the Legislative Black Caucus to ensure that our voices were being heard on various legislative issues that impact our schools, communities and quality of living. Hosted quarterly meetings with Illinois Association of Chief of Police to discuss issues of police misconduct. Met with the Department of Justice to facilitate a parallel criminal and civil investigation of police involved shootings. Filed a lawsuit for Police Reform in Chicago. I have placed more emphasis on the Climate and Environmental Justice area and written several articles in the Huffington Post and other news outlets. I have also wrote several grants to ensure that the Black community receives its fair share when allocating funds for Solar Projects. Worked with the State Treasurer and Elected Officials to push for Insurance Companies to alert individuals of Death Benefits owed to them. Participated in a Comcast Interview highlighting Civil Rights Issues in Illinois which was broadcasted statewide. Worked with other State Presidents regarding Housing and Criminal Justice Issues.
Started/reactivated two branches in Madison and Richton Park. Supported branches statewide and attended 10 Freedom Fund Banquets. Attended ACT-SO Awards and National Competition. Illinois took home 15 Medals at National Convention including: 7 Gold, 4 Silver, and 4 Bronze. Hosted Annual Lobby/Advocacy Day. Hosted the first ever “All White Stepper’s Set” at the National Convention which was very successful! Received the Benjamin L. Hooks “Keeper of the Flame Award” for Labor at the National Convention.
Increased youth participation in Adult Branches and I asked that youth be included as part of the executive committee. Mentored our youth by allowing them to co-chair committees. In closing, we are excited about our youth taking on leadership roles. We must continue to fight against injustice and inequality. We must remain Steadfast & Immoveable!
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Derrick Johnson, President and CEO is the official spokesperson for the NAACP.
The Chairman of the Board is Leon W. Russell.
The NAACP is a network of more than 2,200 branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and Germany. They are divided into seven regions and are managed and governed by a National Board of Directors. The NAACP is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Total membership exceeds 300,000.
The NAACP was formed in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to helping to right social injustices. On February 12, over the signatures of 60 people, the "Call" was issued for a meeting on the concept of creating an organization that would be an aggressive watchdog of Negro liberties. This event marks the founding of the NAACP.
Mary White Ovington, Dr. Henry Moscowitz , Oswald Garrison Vilfiard ,William English Walling, l'da Wells-Barnett and W .E.B. DuBois led the “Call” to renew the struggle for civil and political liberty.
The NAACP Washington Bureau, currently led by Hilary Shelton, represents one of the primary forces in lobbying for civil rights in the nation's capital. The Bureau's activities are directed primarily at the Congress, the Executive Branch and governmental agencies.