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Emphasis on voting, health issues and education dominate state NAACP convention held in Marshall Sept. 26

Thursday, November 6, 2008

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A couple of young women examine literature for a college during the College Prep fair at the annual NAACP Missouri State Conference held at the Martin Community Center in Marshall Sept. 26.
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The NAACP Missouri State Conference held its annual convention at Martin Community Center on Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, with the themes of power, justice, freedom and voting.

"I think it was the best ever," said NAACP Mar-Saline Unit President Clyde Williams, specifying the location, environment and workshops as main reasons for this comment.

Workshop topics included criminal justice, health disparity and civic engagement, with presenters coming from the Department of Justice, FBI and the Office of Minority Health.

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The Rev. Donald McNeal addresses a group during the NAACP Missouri State Conference Annual Convention, held in Marshall Sept. 26.
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"One of our most successful (health disparity) workshops was on sickle-cell anemia. It was amazing to me at that time how many people are impacted by sickle-cell, and the pain that these folks experience daily," Williams said.

In the civic engagement workshop, one of the main activities was the registering of voters.

"We have registered more voters this season than we ever have before," said Williams.

"When you have someone in their 80s come up and register for the first time, saying 'I want to have my voice heard,' it brings tears to one's eye," he added.

Twenty-two colleges and universities from all around Missouri worked to recruit high school students on Friday.

A Soul Food Dinner and Gospel Extravaganza was held Friday evening in the First United Methodist Church New Life Center. The Extravaganza included local singer Bathsheba Love and professional-level musical artists such as violinist Sam Murrell.

During the convention, attendees had the opportunity to hear from the Rev. Everett Hannon, the Rev. Gill Ford, who is also the NAACP regional director, Donald McNeal and Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer.

Ford's speech touched on a book by Mac Anderson titled "You Can't Send a Duck to Eagle School."

Anderson has written, "You can't teach someone to smile, you can't teach someone to serve, you can't teach personality. What you can do, however, is hire people who have those qualities and we can … teach them our culture."

During McNeal's speech, he made a point of the "champion position," which is holding one's arms in a "Y" with your fists tight while spreading your feet to just beyond shoulder width.

Williams said that by the end, state Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall, Mayor Latimer and Daniel Tamm, the delegate from Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, all stood in that position.

"Doctor McNeal, he rocked the house. It was the most inspiring speech I have ever heard him deliver," said Williams, calling it "bone-chilling inspiration."

After Ron Monnig, vice president of Saline County Democratic Club, invited those involved with Obama's campaign to attend the convention, the NAACP contacted McCain's campaign to invite their representatives, as the NAACP is a non-partisan organization.

"For whatever reason," Williams said, "(McCain's campaign was) not able to send anyone."

Though delegates from the presidential campaigns were welcome, Williams said they were not to be allowed to address attendees in any official manner.

Williams clarified that, despite their non-partisan status and refusal to endorse candidates, the NAACP does take a stance on referendums and issues.

Asked prior to the completion of the Martin Community Center if Marshall could hold the convention, Williams worried that the center might not be ready in time, and specifically, that the parking lot would not be paved before the convention, though the Center was completed and asphalt laid before the convention came to town.

Because the convention was held same the weekend as the Missouri State Corn Husking Competition, hotel space was another big concern of Williams'.

"I did not want to send anyone to Sedalia or to Columbia" for their rooms, he said, and he did not have to -- enough space was found in Marshall's hotels.

"Those obstacles came and went, and we had a super convention," Williams said.

"You keep moving," said Williams. "Something's going on all the time. It is a full two days. You more or less have to get in shape to come to one of these things, because you're going to be filled with so much information."

"Everyone left feeling good," he added.

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Accountability, awareness needed, Ford says.
Local NAACP branch confers awards at annual banquet June 28.

The Marshall Democrat-News
July 1, 2008
By Travis Watts/Staff writer

"You don't send a duck to eagle school."

This was a common refrain from Rev. Gill Ford at the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP Annual Awards and Freedom Banquet Saturday, June 28.

Ford, NAACP Regional Director and the evening's honored speaker, used the duck and eagle analogy to explain the ills of today's society.

Ford said a duck is just trying to stay afloat, only worrying about its own troubles; an eagle flies, however, allowing it to see everything that is happening around it.

He feels our society has too many ducks, people who are only concerned with their own hardships and are oblivious to those suffering around them.

     For the complete article, click here.

NAACP to host voter registration opportunities in Saline County March 1
The Marshall Democrat-News
February 29, 2008

On Saturday, March 1, the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP will conduct voter registration in Marshall and Slater, according to branch officials.

Those who are not registered to vote in the upcoming April elections, August Primary election and the November General Election can come to the Wal-Mart store in Marshall or Slater General Store in Slater from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"If you are 17.5 years old and will be 18 by the November election, you can register. If you are new to the area, you need to register to vote. If you have not voted in the last two to three general elections, you may need to register to vote. If you are not registered to vote, you must register to vote," said Lucille Williams, political action chair of the branch. "It takes a minute to allow your voice to be heard. You cannot vote if you are not registered. Protect your right to vote."

Ervin: Key to MLK's dream is respect for all
The Marshall Democrat-News
January 21, 2008
By Eric Crump/Editor

For Freema Ervin, keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast in Marshall, pursuing King's dream of justice and equality requires a simple prerequisite: respect.

Ervin, a college educator and third-generation ordained minister from Sedalia, spoke Monday, Jan. 21, at the First United Methodist Church event, about taking King's dream further.

"We've come far," she said, "but we haven't come far enough."

She challenged the audience to form "a committee of one" and take personal responsibility for heeding the wisdom of the elderly and teaching young people proper behavior.

     For the complete article, click here.

Newscope/Kwanzaa celebration set for Sunday, Dec. 30, in Marshall
The Marshall Democrat-News

December 24, 2007
The North Street United Methodist Church will host its annual Kwanzaa celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, according to organizer Margaret Banty.

Clyde Williams, president of the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP, will provide a history of Kwanzaa.

"Kwanzaa is a celebration to promote unity among African-Americans, as well as understanding of our cultural roots," Banty said.

Kwanzaa is a non-religious celebration that lasts from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, she said.

Following the program Sunday, there will be a feast featuring traditional foods, such as sweet potatoes, red beans and rice, pigs feet and chitterlings.

NAACP speaker inspires continued battle on racism
The Marshall Democrat-News
July 10, 2007
By Eric Crump/Editor

When Clyde Williams introduced the Rev. Myra Drummond-Lewis as the keynote speaker at the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP's annual awards banquet Saturday, June 30, he predicted the audience's reaction would be, "Wow."

It was.

     For the complete article, click here.

Local NAACP branch to hold annual awards banquet June 30
The Marshall Democrat-News
June 26, 2007

Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP announces its annual awards banquet will take place Saturday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. The theme this year is "Operation Excellence: Moving from Good to Great!"

Rev. Myra Drummond-Lewis, associate pastor, educator, orator and writer, will be the keynote speaker.

The banquet will be at Missouri Valley College. Awards for individual accomplishments will be presented.

The recipients this year are Salome Taylor, "The Josephine Lawrence Humanitarian Award;" Dr. Joshua Tetteh, "Outstanding Educator Award;" Catherine Williams, "Branch Scholarship Recipient;" and Rev. James Long and Sue Long, "Community Service Award."

Past recipients of the respective awards are Dr. Richard and Carol Raynor, The Lighthouse Shelter, Annie Smith; Eva Hill, Jane Huff; Clarissa Huston; Ashley Hayes; ConAgra; Fatima Yisrael; and Carrie Tyler, Patricia Davis, The Foster Grandparents.

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased at the door.

Challenges for business, social services, education and health care are among topics of discussion at the State of Saline County forum
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Rachel Harper/Staff writer
April 27, 2007

     Health care, corporate business and employment, social services, financial resources and education were among the group discussion topics at the State of Saline County forum Tuesday, April 24.

     For the complete article, click here.

Marshall city officials take oaths, approve asphalt bids
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Rachel Harper/Staff writer
April 17, 2007

     City Clerk Janet French gave the oath of office to: Connie J. Latimer, four-year term of mayor; Lin Alexander, two-year term of city attorney; Edward B. McInteer, two-year term of municipal court judge; Diane Green, two-year term of city treasurer; Barbara Utlaut, two-year term of council member Ward 1; Gabe Ramsey, two-year term of council member Ward 2; Sam Moten, two-year term of council member Ward 3; and Lorna Alexander, two-year term of council member Ward 4.

     For the complete article, click here.

Slater officials, NAACP meet to discuss profiling
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Zach Sims/Staff writer
March 21, 2007

Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri reported about a meeting between local officials and a representative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), during the Slater City Council's regular meeting on Tuesday, March 20.

Allergri said he met with President of the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP Clyde Williams and Slater Police Chief Keith Wright over issues that Williams brought up at a prior Slater City Council meeting concerning the racial profiling of African-Americans in Slater. Williams attended the meeting after viewing the city's racial profiling report, which is required by all police departments in the state by the Missouri Attorney General's office.

     For the complete article, click here.

NAACP: Racial profiling of blacks occurs in Slater
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Zach Sims/Staff Writer
March 7, 2007

      The Slater City Council discussed the findings of its annual "racial profiling report" during its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 6.
     The report is required by the Missouri Attorney General's office and must be submitted annually. The report breaks down the total number of stops, warning and citations issued by city police officers in a year. The report also breaks down the race and the demographics of individuals stopped in the report year.

     For the complete article, click here.

Martin Luther King Jr. was 'a man God raised up to bring change'
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Crump/Staff Writer
January 22, 2007

     It was a morning filled with food, uplifting music, dancing and hopeful prayers.
     The Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast and Celebration Saturday, Jan. 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Marshall was, as Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer noted near the end, "the way church is supposed to be."

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NAACP Banquet/Voters need to be wary of politicians using hot-button issue
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Crump/Staff Writer
September 5, 2006

     Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington Bureau, urged voters to focus on the core values of the organization when they go to the polls in November and to be wary of attempts by politicians to use fear and hot-button issues to distract and intimidate.
     Shelton spoke Saturday, Sept. 2, at the annual Freedom Fund Banquet sponsored by the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP. The theme of the event was "Value our vote, and vote our values."

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Juneteenth celebration Saturday in Higginsville
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Zack Sims
June 25, 2006

     The Lafayette County Juneteenth Observance Committee recently announced its special speakers and educational exhibits for the Juneteenth Celebration, which is co-sponsored by the Mar-Saline branch of the NAACP and will include presentations by two Marshall women.

          For the complete article, click here.

NAACP, First UM Church sponsor enrollment event
The Marshall Democrat-News
May 9, 2006

     The Mar-Saline Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Marshall First United Methodist Church health ministries program are sponsoring a Medicare Part D enrollment event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Marshall High School computer lab.

          For the complete article, click here.

MLK Jr. breakfast Monday at Handy A.M.E.
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Mark Lile/Staff Writer
January 13, 2006

     More than four decades ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to what he called "the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation" and described his vision for America in his famed "I Have a Dream" speech.

          For the complete article, click here.

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet set for Sunday
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Coley/Staff Writer
June 24, 2005

     This Sunday evening, June 26, the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at the R. Wilson Brown Room in Missouri Valley College's Ferguson Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a guest of honor reception. The theme for this year's banquet is, "For Such a Time as This: There is Still Work to Do!"

          For the complete article, click on picture.

Mar-Saline NAACP gets dialogue started with roundtable session
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Coley/Staff Writer
May 31, 2005

     Thursday evening's first-ever roundtable discussion among African-Americans in Saline County broached some emotional issues, touched on some community problems and, ultimately, produced some innovative ideas.
     The discussion, at the Wood and Huston Bank conference room on the north side of the Marshall square and organized by Clyde Williams, president of the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP along with Phesa Wright, an NAACP member and community activist, was moderated by Keith Ward, coordinator of client services for the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency.

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NAACP branch schedules roundtable discussion on status of African-Americans in Marshall, Saline County
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Coley/Staff Writer
May 23, 2005


     The Mar-Saline Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is inviting area residents to participate in its State of African-Americans in Saline County roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the community room of Wood and Huston Bank on the Marshall square.
     
Clyde Williams, president of the Saline County branch of the NAACP, said the event will have an abundance of speakers who are prepared to speak on a variety of subjects.

          For the complete article, click here.

Presentation aims to increase awareness of sickle cell anemia
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Coley/Staff Writer
May 3, 2005

     Friday night, representatives from two local agencies -- Positive Community Images and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) -- joined forces with an effort to educate and raise awareness about the debilitating disease, sickle cell anemia.
     Marie Benham, a Marshall woman who is affiliated with both groups, along with a slew of other local agencies, said the topic of sickle cell anemia is of keen interest to her.

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County's challenges, successes outlined
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Chris Post/Senior Staff Writer
March 2, 2005

     Community leaders gathered to discuss problems and successes experienced by Saline County at the first ever State of Saline County summit Tuesday night.
     The group, which included Missouri Valley College President Bonnie Humphrey, Saline County Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner, Marshall Municipal Utilities General Manager Paul Jensen, Marshall-Saline NAACP President Clyde Williams and Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer, began by presenting what were seen as positive developments for the county.

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Hab center 'taster' event is mouth-watering
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Coley/Staff Writer
February 16, 2005

     A smorgasbord of ethnic delicacies was dished up Tuesday as the Marshall Habilitation Center Black History Month Committee held its annual "taster" event, to the delight of many current and former hab center employees.
      Phesa Wright, co-chairwoman of the committee along with Janica Johnson, explained the significance of the day, a February favorite at MHC.

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Local events celebrate legacy of civil rights leader
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Coley/Staff Writer
January 17, 2005

     This weekend's Martin Luther King Jr. celebratory events stretched far and wide across the country. In nearly every state and countless cities across the U.S., King and his legacy were honored and remembered, and although some were extremely elaborate, the festivities that took place in Marshall took a back seat to none.
      The Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP, in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee and Butterfield Youth Services, held two separate events that brought out a diverse community presence.

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Local events celebrate legacy of civil rights leader
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Eric Coley/Staff Writer
January 14, 2005

     The Mar-Saline Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee and Butterfield Youth Services, will host a two-day celebration event that will begin Saturday, Jan. 15, with a soul food dinner, multi-cultural fair, musical celebration, community awards and candlelight vigil at Marshall High School.
      On Monday, Jan. 17, there will be a prayer breakfast and program beginning at 7 a.m. at North Street United Methodist Church, 365 W. North St. This event is free to all and will feature a breakfast and two dynamic speakers.

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Speakers urge unity, peace in remembrance of civil rights leader
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Naomi Campbell/Staff Writer
January 19, 2004

     On a day set aside for Americans of all races to unite in love and peace while remembering and honoring Martin Luther King Jr., a crowd of ministers, youth, veterans and supporters of unity gathered in Marshall for a time of prayer.
      The annual community prayer breakfast and service was sponsored by the Mar-Saline branch of the NAACP Monday morning at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

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MLK prayer breakfast, service remind believers of compassionate justice
The Marshall Democrat-News
By Naomi Campbell/Staff Writer
January 20, 2003

     Remembering the life and dreams of Martin Luther King Jr., people seeking compassionate justice gathered Monday to pray for unity in the Marshall community and throughout the world.
      A 7 a.m. prayer breakfast and 8 a.m. worship service began a day of celebration for those seekers at First Assembly of God Church. Rev. Dale Bean, pastor of the church, quoted scriptures as he reminded those attending of King's devotion to the word of God

          For the complete article, click on picture.

Photos and other material used with permission of The Marshall Democrat-News.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail

Injustice anywhere is a threat to
justice everywhere.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail

 

 
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