The Committee on Communications, Press and Publicity Shall:
(1) seek to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation, fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding;
(2) work to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in those industries, comprising their communications arts and sciences (radio, telephone, television, motion pictures, newspapers, books, related computer communications, business, cable television);
(3) seek to ensure black minority ownership and control of print and electronic media in both hardware and software;
(4) monitor local and national media, especially advertising performance;
(5) provide the National Office with research and data on those local businesses engaged in communications arts and sciences; and
(6) seek to ensure that all people have a meaningful right to choose from and have access to a variety of high-quality telecommunications goods and services at reasonable costs.
The Committee on Community Coordination Shall:
Enlist the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of African Americans and other communities of color
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 and remove material which is 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) promote ongoing teacher certification;
(9) promote parental involvement in education;
(10) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.
Chairperson: Arnold Burton
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. In 1953, financially pressed by the heavy load of legal cases and other aspects of the civil rights battle, Dr. Channing H. Tobias, newly elected chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, launched the “FIGHT FOR FREEDOM FUND” campaign at the annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The slogan was “Free by ‘63”. The goal of the campaign was to eliminate all state-imposed racial discrimination by the centennial of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The convention unanimously adopted a resolution to raise one million dollars annually to fund the fight for freedom.
Organized in 1918, the San Antonio Branch of the NAACP has long been in the forefront of the struggle for equality. As early as 1949, testimonial dinners were held which highlighted National and Branch accomplishments while acknowledging the efforts of members and progressive citizens who were leaders in the fight for social justice.
In 1954, San Antonio accepted Dr.Tobias’ challenge and launched a Freedom Fund Dinner honoring the Reverend Claude Black, Mr. Archie Johnson and Mr. T.E. Gilmore. In 1955, the honorees were Archbishop Robert Lucy and Mr. A. Maceo Smith.
In the decades since the initial Freedom Fund Dinners, the Branch has annually honored those in our community who work tirelessly to ensure the political, educational, equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Past honorees have come from fields as diverse as religion, sports, local/state/national elected office, medicine, small and corporate business, jurisprudence, education, and the military.
Chairperson: Joyce Griffin
The Health Committee shall:
(1) work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans;
(2) access 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.
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.
Chairperson: Helen Hayes Taylor
The Committee on Legal Redress Shall:
(1) Investigate all cases reported to it;
(2) Supervise all litigation in which the Branch is interested;
(3) Keep the board informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.
The Committee on Young Adult’s Work Shall:
The Committee on Young Adult shall consist of Branch members twenty-one (21) – forty (40 years of age. It shall be the function of the Committee to:
(1) support all branch activities;
(2) stimulate interest through advocacy training and solicit membership of twenty-one (21) – forty (40) years of age;
(3) create a mentorship program (Branch Young Adults and Young Adults to Youth Units) to serve as a support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation;
(4) provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community; and (5) encourage the participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the Branch.
Chairperson: Santigie Mansaray