Portand Branch History |
Past Presidents | Black History in Maine
Janet Johnson, Treasurer
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-