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Our Mission: To ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial discrimination.


Seventy years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education changed the trajectory of public education and sparked the end of segregated schools.


In this milestone decision, the Supreme Court ruled that separating children in public schools on the basis of race was unconstitutional. It signaled the end of legalized racial segregation in the schools of the United States, overruling the "separate but equal" principle set forth in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case.


LET'S REMEMBER!



May 25, 2024 marked four years since the death of George Floyd — a moment that forever changed Minnesota and sparked a movement for change around the world.



George Floyd died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck. His death sparked weeks of unrest as protesters clashed with police, as buildings were set on fire and stores were looted. A jury convicted Chauvin of murder.


LET'S REFLECT!

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.


Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.


LET'S RESPECT!

The month of May brings anniversaries of Brown vs. Brown of Education, the murder of George Floyd and Memorial Day. Let us continue to remember, let us continue to reflect and let us continue to respect.


-Phyllis Ellis

WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING?

May 2, 2024 - Prostate Cancer Awareness Event


The Brockton Area Branch NAACP and AdMetech Foundation presented another very successful virtual Prostate Cancer Awareness Program on May 2nd. The Host, Bishop Tony Branch, once again capably guided the Panelists and led attendees in a lively discussion on the Prostate Cancer Equity Program that is “saving lives and championing high quality care for high-risk men” in MA.  The focus is on African American, Hispanic, and Latino men, with the goal of closing the prostate cancer disparity gap.

 

Our local Legislative Body has faithfully supported “The Prostate Cancer Awareness Program” through the years. Rita Mendes, the newest member, spoke enthusiastically about how meaningful the Program has become to her. Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan, a staunch advocate of The Program, spoke passionately about the importance of early detection. Representative Gerry Cassidy, an unwavering advocate of The Program for eight years, was honored with a well-deserved tribute and impressive award, a token of appreciation for all he has done in The State House.

 

Steve Bernard, leader of “The Prostate Cancer Equity Program,” spoke of how many men have benefitted from this Program that is a “VIP style process for patient referral and care” that aims to leave “no man alone” as he struggles with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.  Rev. Huston Crayton, Pastor of Lincoln Congregational Church, described by Bishop Branch as a “Pastor’s Pastor,” gave his perspective on the Equity Program that has been a help and resource to folks in his own Congregation.

 

The Roberts Family shared their heartfelt experience of dealing with Prostate Cancer as a Family. Debra Roberts, re-elected Chairperson of The Stoughton Select Board, and her husband Charles, a Prostate Cancer Survivor, are trying to help other families.

 

In conclusion, Doctor Shaun Wason, a noted Urologist and Faculty Member of Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Faina Shtern, President and CEO of AdMetech Foundation, who is well known by the Brockton NAACP, gave wonderful video presentations on the Treatment and Care of Prostate Cancer. The information provided was comprehensive and gave us the most current knowledge on Prostate Cancer. We are grateful to have the opportunity to learn from these renowned and dedicated physicians. Thanks to all!


Janet Trask

Chair, Health Committee

 

May 4, 2024 - Balancing Mental Health


On Saturday, May 4th the WIN Committee hosted an inspiring and educational Mental Health Awareness Day. The event, designed to foster understanding and provide support, offered a range of sessions focused on mental health issues.



The day kicked off with powerful sessions on men's mental health and mental health & cultural awareness.


Following this, there was a session on high-functioning depression. Sherard Johnson provided practical strategies for managing anxiety while maintaining daily responsibilities. The session emphasized the importance of recognizing one's limits and practicing self-care, offering hope and encouragement to those struggling in silence. The final session was on substance abuse and how to care for loved ones battling addiction.




Attendees appreciated the opportunity to learn from experts and connect with others facing similar challenges. Overall, Mental Health Awareness Day was a testament to the power of community and the importance of mental health education. 


Courtney Henderson

Chair, WIN Committee


May 20 - Brockton Area Branch NAACP Scholarships


The Brockton Area Branch NAACP Scholarship Awards Celebration was held on Monday, May 20 at the Brockton Public Library.


The Education Committee was proud to host the 3rd Annual Scholarship Awards celebration! This year we awarded 3 outstanding students with $1,000 academic scholarships. We received 17 eligible and outstanding winners and it was difficult to choose just 3! 


The winners were:


Elizabeth Akoh - Brockton High

Luna Correira - Brockton High

Jasmine Scott - Southeastern Vocational


Two of the students plan to attend Howard University, a Historical Black University and one will attend school locally.


The students and families were welcomed and congratulated by Mayor Robert Sullivan, who presented citations. We also heard from Principal Kevin McCaskill from Brockton High who spoke and expressed his congratulatory message as well. Our own Bishop Tony Branch spoke on behalf of Southeastern Vocational. We had remarks from our President Phyllis Ellis as well who spoke about the scholarships, congratulated the students and gave out checks with Sydne Marrow, our Mayor's Chief of Staff. Also in attendance were three of our School Committee members, Tony Rodrigues, Ana Oliver and Jorge Vega. We love to see our city officials at our events!


We were entertained by Stephen Nascimento, a Brockton High Chorus member, who sang a beautiful rendition of "Lift Every Voice" and a poem entitled, "A Love Letter to Those That Dare to Dream At Any Age" read by, Hannah Baptiste, Brockton's Youth Poet Laureate and a former ACTSO Gold Medal winner! Their performances were nothing less than amazing.


The entire event was wonderful. Students and a parent got to speak to the audience expressing their thanks and gratitude and to speak about their futures. Hearing them reminds us of how amazing and talented our Brockton students are. These three awardees showed us once again, who we are in the City of Champions. Let's continue to encourage and support our students and remember, it takes a village!k


Thanks to my Committe members, Michelle Henson, Yvette Joyce, Steve Thomasy, Reneca Benn, Cathy Jackson, Michele Harris and Cassie Sermon. I thank them wholeheartedly for their help and support over the years.


 Elizabeth, Luna and Jasmine we salute you, we congratulate you again, and we wish you well throughout your college experience! You showed up and showed out!



Leona Martin

Chair, Education

UPCOMING EVENTS

CPR Event:

June 6, 2024


The WIN Committee & South Shore Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. are teaming up to offer FREE CPR training, including AED basics. Space is limited, so secure your spot now! Mark your calendar for June 6th, 6pm at Randolph Intergenerational Community Center.


Event is at its capacity!

Please join Mayor Robert F. Sullivan and the City of Brockton

at the unveiling of the Marvelous Marvin Hagler Statue


On the 31st Anniversary of Marvelous Marvin Hagler's Induction into the 1993 International Boxing Hall of Fame, the City of Brockton is proud to announce the unveiling of the Marvelous Marvin Hagler Statue proudly located within the new Marvelous Marvin Hagler Park. The life-size bronze statue depicts Marvelous Marvin in an action stance familiar to all of his fans during his seven-year reign as the undisputed middleweight boxing champion of the world. Sculpted by a nationally renowned sculpture company Brodin Studios in Kimball, Minnesota, the statue will be located in a parklet adjacent to the former site of Petronelli’s Gym where Marvelous trained. This testament to a true home-town sports and community icon will be a permanent monument to one of the greatest champions from our “City of Champions.”



Please join us for this exciting and historic event.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

11:00 am

Marvelous Marvin Hagler Park

Corner of Hagler Way and Petronelli Way

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS

June 14, 2024

1:30pm-3:30pm

Guest Speaker: President Phyllis Ellis

DMH Raunton/Attleboro 3rd Annual

Taunton Hospital Gymnasium

June 15, 2024

12pm to 6pm

Brockton Fairground

June 15, 2024

2pm

Keynote Speaker: Courtney Henderson

Brockton Main Library

June 19, 2024

1pm to 4pm

Harambee 5th Annual

Arnone School

June 22, 2024

1pm to 6pm

University Park at Bridgewater State

There are many Juneteenth celebrations. Please make every effort to attend one.

PROSTATE CANCER EQUITY PROGRAM - SAVING LIVES

Please review a new initiative: Prostate Cancer Equity Program in Massachusetts.


This program is being launched by AdMeTech Foundation, in partnership with leading experts at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass General Hospital, and other clinical organizations.


The mission of this program is to save lives, deliver high-quality care and eliminate health inequalities.


Prostate cancer, striking 1 in 8 American men, is the most common and the second most lethal male cancer.


Any Massachusetts man 40 and older is welcome to take part. The program’s priority focus is on Black, African American, Hispanic and Latino men, who are at even higher risk of the disease, delayed diagnosis, poor quality care, and death.


For more information: admetech.org


GET INVOLVED

The Brockton Area Branch NAACP is extremely busy. If you would like to join our organization and become a member of any of the active commitees, please contact: presidentphyllis@naacp-brocktonbranch.org

 

Committees

  • ACT-SO - The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics mentoring program for high school students. With ACT-SO, the NAACP is providing an instrument through which African-American youth are encouraged and inspired toward excellence in academic and cultural pursuits while benefiting from the maximum support of their communities;
  • The Committee on Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs shall: (1) seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, national, state and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community; (2) study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community; (3) serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of the Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans; (4) maintain a repository of materials, information and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their problems; (5) receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled because of discrimination; (6) prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Unit and the National Director of Armed Services and Veterans Affairs.ed Services and Veterans’ Affairs. 
  • Education - The Committee on Education shall: (1) seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory. practices in public education; (2) study local educational conditions affecting minority groups; (3) investigate the public school system and school zoning; (4) familiarize itself with textbook material there from which racially derogatory; (5) seek to stimulate school attendance; (6) keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found; (7) investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices; (8) teacher certification; (9) promote parental involvement in education; and (10) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.
  • Health - The Health Committee shall: (1) work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans; (2) assess the health needs of the community; (3) advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; (4) sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and (5) support health initiatives of the Association
  • Housing - The Committee on Housing shall:) (1) study housing conditions in the local community; (2) receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination; (3) oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and (4) disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.
  • Legal Redress - The Legal Redress Committee shall: (1) investigate all cases reported to it; (2) supervise all litigation in which the Unit is interested; and (3) keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.
  • Political Action - The Political Action Committee shall: (1) seek to increase registration and voting; (2) work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; (3) seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; (4) work to improve the administration of justice; (5) work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and (6) keep the National Office and the Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office
  • WIN (Women in NAACP) WIN shall address within the framework of the NAACP, civil rights issues affecting women and children and shall carry out other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the Branch. The purpose WIN is (1) to enhance the leadership role of women; (2) to serve as an advocacy vehicle to address the social, economic, political, educational, health and welfare issues affecting women; (3) to advocate for the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual development of children and (4) to support the policies as well as the on-going mission and vision of the NAACP. 


 


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Brockton, MA 02303

(781) 807-1092

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