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W.E.B. DuBois

  A group of African-American residents in greater Portland, Maine
establish the Portland Branch of the NAACP in 1964

The Portland, Maine NAACP Branch is active in the local community as well as throughout the state. We have fought racism and prejudicial discrimination from one end of this state to the other. Yet, here we are nearly half a century later and often find we face the same old issues. It is time for Maine to be a glowing example of a state that both accepts and embraces the beauty and benefits of a multi/cultural, multi/racial community. In order for this harmony to exist, we must become tolerant of each other, offering love and respect to each other on every level.

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Upcoming Events

MOTHER LOVENIA T. WILLIAMS 2005 Scholarship Essay Competition
Submission deadline: March 15, 2005
In honor of Mother Lovenia T. Williams, the Portland branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People established a scholarship essay competition as a demonstration of our shared commitment to education and in recognition of the work on educational equity that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., accomplished during his life. The NAACP will annually present three scholarships to Maine high school seniors who share this same dedication to education. The scholarships will be awarded to those who emphasize how the teachings of Dr. King have influenced their lives and future educational goals. The recipient must be a member of the NAACP in good academic standing.

  • The application consists of a five-page, double-spaced essay along with a cover letter that outlines your academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and community service. The essay should be introspective and demonstrate a high quality of critical thinking, not simply a history lesson or chronology of events. It should genuinely present how Dr. King�s legacy and message have impacted your life.
  • Scholarship award levels are $1,000 for first place, with second and third place prizes of $500 each. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2005. Please mail materials to NAACP Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 3631, Portland, Maine 04104. No faxed copies or e-mail versions will be accepted.
  • An award presentation will be held during the 3rd Annual NAACP Celebration of Excellence in Education ceremony scheduled for April 29, 2005.

Please contact Regina Phillips at 253-5074 or email naacpportland@hotmail.com with any questions or to request further information.

YOUTH BRANCH MEETINGS
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m., 75 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Casey Family Services Building, Portland
Youth Branch meetings are now being held at the same time as general membership meetings. All youth are welcome and encouraged to attend.

RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, January 26, 5:00 p.m., Resource Hub, 441 Congress Street, Portland

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, February 1, 2:30 p.m., Portland City Hall, Room 209

OPEN DOOR COMMUNITY ARTS
Ongoing
Based in Portland's East End neighborhood, the Open Door Community Arts program of People's Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) seeks collaborations with our neighbors, local artists, educators and community resources to enchance relationships between non-familial adults and youth. To volunteer, collaborate or for more information on programs, please contact Merril Abramson at (207) 650-1030 or email at maa@propeople.org.

PINE TREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE FAIR HOUSING TESTING
Ongoing
This is a unique opportunity to fight discrimination in housing. By filling out and sending Pine Tree's Tester File Information form to Pine Tree Legal Assistance (see mailing instructions on form), you can begin the process of getting trained and then going out on tests. The training for testers takes 2 or 2.5 hours. Usually, a tester is assigned to contact a landlord for his or her first test immediately after the training. Pine Tree does the trainings on Saturday mornings at about 10:00 a.m. The stipend for the training is $25.00. Then the tester is paid $30.00 for each completed test. The tester will not be paid the $25.00 if he or she does not complete their test. Under HUD regulations Pine Tree must do a criminal background check on each tester, and cannot use testers who have been convicted of felonies or of fraud or perjury.

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3RD ANNUAL NAACP CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Friday, April 29
Celebrating the accomplishments of students of color in graduating from institutions of higher education and to promote the pursuit of scholarship and life-long learning. Additional information will be posted at a later date.




NAACP MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the national association for the advancement of colored people is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

What the NAACP is all about ...

The Largest and The Oldest ...
Founded in 1909 by a multi-racial group of citizens committed to special justice, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has attracted over 20,000,000 members in its ninety-three year history.

The Baddest and Boldest...
From anti-lynching legislation and Brown vs. Board of Education to the Confederate flag and racial profiling, the NAACP has never been afraid to take on controversial and unpopular issues in order to remain on the cutting edge of the civil rights struggle.

The Most Loved and Most Hated...
Because the fight for civil rights still has its enemies, the NAACP has many passionate detractors. But the loyalty and affection of our members, friends, and supporters is unsurpassed.

The Most Feared and Revered...
Over nine decades of hard-fought achievement in the battle for civil rights has earned the NAACP respect of both our friends and enemies. The NAACP's focus on timely, relevant issues gains the trust of victims and the trepidation of those who would discriminate.

The Most Cussed and Discussed...
When the NAACP speaks, people listen. When the NAACP acts, people notice. Still relevant ninety-three years later, the NAACP continues to inspire dialogue and debate about civil rights in America.


     

Mailing address: NAACP, P.O. Box 3631, Portland, ME 04104
Telephone: (207) 253-5074 and 1-866-252-5074
Fax: (207) 253-5079
e-mail: naacpportland@hotmail.com