Steven Hall | Staff Writer
On Thursday, February 15, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrated its 109th Founders Day.
As one of the largest civil organizations in the nation, the NAACP has many chapters across the country, including the one on the campus of Hampton University.
Students joined NAACP chapter members for a campus-wide Founder’s Day celebration in the Student Center Bowling Alley. The event included food, drinks, and music; it was a great time for all members and non-members to gain an understanding of the organization, its history and reflect upon their campus involvement.
“It was a fun event. We all had time to reflect on the many accomplishments we made throughout the year,” said Daryl Riley Jr, a junior from Newburgh, New York.
Current chapter President Jeremiah Edwards is satisfied with his accomplishments for the organization this school year.
“We were able to reimagine and rebuild the NACCP on campus with the mindset that all lives can’t matter without black lives, and we achieved every goal that has been set,” said Edwards, a senior from Snellville, Ga.
Under Edwards’ leadership the organization hosted various events focused on issues in the African-American community. These events included a visit from Reverend Jesse Jackson who spoke on the importance of voting and health care, a panel discussion on the history of the N-word and a study hall in preparation for midterms. The chapter will also host an upcoming panel discussion on financial preparation in March.
Edwards says his favorite part of being president is “watching people acknowledge and utilize the power that they have within themselves,” which aligns with the objectives of the organization.
As part of the Youth and College Division of the NAACP the Hampton University chapter arranges workshops for college-bound students, focusing on financial aid, curriculum selection scholarship applications. Members also offer guidance and consultation for at-risk students, youth seminars on the cause and effects of racial discrimination and facilitate multi-racial meetings.
The organization also works to make positive changes in the Hampton Roads community. Members voiced their opinions at two school board meetings in early November when the renaming of Jefferson Davis Middle School and Campus at Lee was discussed.
Hampton University’s NAACP chapter continues its involvement nationally by attending NAACP conventions, sponsoring tutorial programs, conducting voter registration drives and hosting a campus-wide Mr. and Miss NAACP pageant.
The members of the Hampton University chapter of the NAACP welcomes all students to join them in making a difference in the lives of future generations of African Americans.