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Janet Johnson, Treasurer
Janet Johnson, Treasurer
Portand Branch History | Past Presidents | Black History in Maine
    Partial Historial Timeline, NAACP

  • 1909, Stephen Spottswood, living in Freeport, Maine, would grow up to become the chairman of the National Board of the NAACP

  • 1920, The Maine constitution of Maine gave all male citizens the right to vote and right to an education, regardless of race.

    A group of African-Americans in Bangor, Maine started a NAACP chapter.

  • 1921, NAACP national secretary is James Weldon Johnson, the great American poet who lived in Maine during summers.

  • 1945, Period approximate. During World War II the state condoned segregation by raising an all black United Service Organization (USO).

  • 1947, African-American residents founded a chapter of the NAACP in Portland.

  • 1957, the York County Dental Association protested discrimination in public accommodations.

  • 1959. Public accommodations bill was passed. The Portland NAACP chapter collapses under the pressure of publicly advocating civil-rights legislation and protesting against discrimination in housing.

  • 1962. NAACP began a statewide campaign for a fair housing bill.

  • 1964. May, the NAACP Portland was again organized and Gerald Talbot elected president.

  • 1971, Maine Human Rights Commission bill passed in Portland.

  • 1990's Portland saw high school students from multi cultural and racial immigrant communities isolated into a program located in the school basement.

  • 1997, NAACP-Portland Forum 2000 project, the Portland Chapter researched Maine employment demographics and found a picture of exclusion.

  • 1999, the state appointed its first African-American judge, the experienced, Harvard-educated Rick Lawrence.

  • 1999. The Portland Police Department counted one new African-American woman officer in 1999 and two Asian-American officers. Former Portland Police Officer, Winston McGill becomes the only African-American City of Portland firefighter since the 1800's.

    Portland Branch Presidents
  • Gerald E. Talbot — 1964-1966
  • Donald Fisher — 1966-1967
  • Robert Teagues — 1967-1970
  • Stephen Halpert — 1970-1970
  • Gerald E. Talbot — 1970-1971
  • James Mathews — 1971-1976
  • Leonard Cummings — 1976-1978
  • Gerald E. Talbot — 1978-1980
  • Neville Knowles — 1980-1982
  • Walter Adams — 1982-1984
  • Neville Knowles — 1984-1988
  • Evangeline Berry — 1988-1990
  • Janet Johnson — 1990-1994
  • Moses Sebunya — 1995-2001
  • Neville Knowles — 2001-2002
  • Winston Mcgill — 2002-

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