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A CALL TO CONSCIENCE: CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE QUEST FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE

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HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE PROGRAMS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17

ANNUAL MUSIC & GOSPEL CONCERT
AIN'T GONNA LET NOBODY TURN US AROUND

MERRILL AUDITORIUM, PORTLAND
7:00 P.M.
An inspirational evening featuring The Kenya Hall Band

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18

ANNUAL COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

THE SILENCE OF INEQUITY: HUNGER, HEALTH AND EDUCATION

LUDCKE AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND, PORTLAND
1:00 P.M.
Free and Open to the Public
Learn about the disparities in our state and action being taken to address them

MONDAY, JANUARY 20

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BREAKFAST CELEBRATION

A CALL TO CONSCIENCE: CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE QUEST FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE

HOLIDAY INN BY THE BAY, PORTLAND
8:00 A.M.
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Keynote Speaker Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator William S. Cohen

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Portland Branch

NAACP Portland Branch: Four Decades Fighting for Civil Rights in Maine

 

1909

The NAACP was formed as a nonprofit, nonpartisan civil rights organization in 1909 by a multiracial and multi-religious group who came together partly in response to the horrific practice of lynching.

The first president of the organization, Moorfield Storey, was a white constitutional lawyer and former president of the American Bar Association. Through his leadership, the NAACP began its long legal campaign to end segregation and established a legacy of fighting legal battles to win social justice.

 

1920s

Maine’s first NAACP branches were organized in Portland and Bangor. One of the reasons for organizing was to contend with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), an organization that boasted tens of thousands of Maine members. The first KKK parade in the United States was held in Milo, Maine.

 

1940s & 1950s

Branches were formed throughout Maine with a strong presence in Brunswick and Lewiston. Due to limited resources, many could not be sustained and several closed including branches in Portland and Bangor.

 

1960s

In 1964, days before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first and only visit to Maine to hold rallies in Biddeford and Brunswick, the Portland branch was reformed by a multi-faith group under the leadership of Gerald E. Talbot.  It has been active to date operating as the largest branch in the state and representing Maine at the regional and national levels.

 

1980s

In late 1980s a branch was formed at the Maine State Prison located in Thomaston then chartered again in 2003 after the prison was moved to Warren.

 

Welcome to NAACP of Portland

 

NAACP Portland Branch

P. O. Box 18198

Portland, ME 04112

If you need further assistance, please contact Rachel Talbot (207) 809 - 9170.

 

 

 

 
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