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NAACP Freeport Branch #3039

NAACP Freeport Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2022

Our Branch President’s Letter

I am proud to bring you greetings from the Freeport Branch of the NAACP.  Our Branch is in its second year of reactivation and continues to advocate for social, educational, political, and economical change. 

The NAACP has had a long and glorious history and I am honored to have been elected as the President of the Freeport Branch #3039 in May of 2021 to contribute to the NAACP history.  Our mission is to achieve equity, political rights, and social inclusion by advancing policies and practices that expand human and civil rights, eliminate discrimination, and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of Black people and all persons of color.  Continue Reading…

Tell the truth and shame the devil.  

~ African-American Aphorism

Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.

~Maya Angelou

Anything that is as old as racism is in the blood line of the nation. It’s not any superficial thing – that attitude is in the blood and we have to educate it out. 

~Nannie Burroughs

Has the God who made the white man and the black left any record declaring us a different species? Are we not sustained by the same power, supported by the same food, hurt by the same wounds, wounded by the same wrongs, pleased with the same delights, and propagated by the same means? And should we not then enjoy the same liberty, and be protected by the same laws? 

~ James Forten

Black on black crime is the result of self-hatred. Self-hatred is a result of our oppression. We can’t get back at the folks who oppress us so we attack ourselves. 

~ Joseph E. Lowery

Save the Date

  • Vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 to:
    • Elect candidates who support policies that improve the lives of all citizens, including Black and Brown people;
    • Elect U.S. Senate and Congress members that pass laws that impact the right to vote and police accountability.
    • Elect our next IL. Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller, State Senate Dist. #45, State House of Rep. Dist. #90
  • Remember, the issue of Home Rule is also on the ballot.  “Shall the City of Freeport remain a home rule unit of government?”  Research the pros and cons.
  • Branch Elections for the 2023-25 calendar year.  If you are a member, and interested in running for an office, more information will be shared at the September 26th General Membership meeting.

NAACP Freeport Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2022

The Supreme Court’s Egregious Assault on Basic Human Rights

“Today’s Supreme Court decision marks a significant regression of our country,” said NAACP General Counsel Janette McCarthy Wallace. “As a legal professional, I am horrified by this decision. As a Black woman, I am outraged to my core. The deciding Justices have ignored fundamental civil rights guaranteed by our Constitution and years of judicial precedent to advance a politically partisan agenda….

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Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.

~ Marian Anderson

The colour of the skin is in no way connected with the strength of the mind or intellectual powers.

~ Benjamin Banneker

When I entered the school protected by the 101st Airborne soldiers, sent by the President to enforce the law and hold off the segregation mob, I felt proud to be an American. … I thought to myself, if they just get to know me, if they understand that I’m smart, I’m clean, what I wear nice clothes, that I polish me saddle shoes, and I sing, they will understand that although my color is brown, I am no different than they are.

~ Melba Patillo Beals

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.

~ Marian Anderson

If you wanna earn, baby, earn, you gotta learn, baby learn!

~ Senator Cory Booker

[The] fate of all blacks is inseparable by class. … The black middle class will remain fragile as long as there’s a large and growing underclass.

(Source: Book of African-American Quotations, edited by Joslyn Pine, Dover Publications, Garden City, NY. Copyright © 2011.)

~ Paula Giddings

Save the Date

  • Diplomacy Summit and Freeport Inclusion Conversation with Dr. Todd “Bowtie” Jenkins – Thurs., July 21
  • July Branch General Membership Meeting – Mon., July 25, 6:30 p.m.
  • NAACP booth at the County Fair – Wed., July 26
  • Schoolyear begins at Freeport Dist. 145 schools – Wed., Aug. 24
  • Aug. Branch General Membership Meeting – Mon., Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m.
  • Freeport Community Block Party (partnered by BGCFSC, CURRE and NAACP) – Sat., Sept. 3
  • Sept Branch General Membership Meeting – Mon., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.
  • Freeport Branch #3039 Election of Offices – Nov. 2022
  • General Election – Tues., Nov. 8th – GET OUT THE VOTE!

NAACP Freeport Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2022

From Our Branch President

Membership, the life blood of the NAACP, is open to all who believe in our purpose of equity for all.  The Freeport Branch has been active in our community for one year, thanks to the 76 like-minded community members who joined in order to reactivate the Branch.

As we begin our second year, a special thank you to the elected officers, at-large committee members, and committee chairs for their leadership in the Freeport Branch.   The Executive Committee continues to  work diligently to provide the governance needed to be able to respond to issues of race-based discrimination in the Freeport community.

Our Branch is focused on increasing youth participation in the NAACP and strengthening our relationships with other local organizations.  We are committed to increased growth, visibility, and effectiveness, with an emphasis on growing our Branch committees while addressing complaints received from members of the community.

We ask you to consider becoming a Regular Member or a Life Member of this Branch, and to lend your voice and support to the fight for justice and freedom for all, regardless of race, creed or color.

FYI:  The NAACP Freeport Branch Quarterly Newsletters are housed on our website at and we invite you to visit our website frequently to learn more about the organization and our activities.  Click on the CONTEST tab for detailed information about our T-shirt Design Contest “A Celebration of Our Stories”.   The public is invited to submit entries.  Deadline for submission is April 16th.

~ Pat Norman, President

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. … (T)hey have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

~ Muhammad Ali

We ain’t what we ought to be and we ain’t what we want to be and we ain’t what we’re going to be. But thank God we ain’t what we was.

~ African-American Aphorism

Who are the non-voters? By and large, they are poor and low income people who get the worst deal in society. On the other hand, those who vote generally have higher incomes and better educations. They get the best deal – which is why they vote. They have their stake and they mean to keep it.

~ Bayard Rustin

We understand that politics is nothing but war without bloodshed; and war is nothing but politics with bloodshed.

~ Fred Hampton

The future woman must have a life work and economic independence. She must have the right of motherhood at her own discretion.

~ W. E. B. Du Bois

NAACP Freeport Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2021

From Our Branch President

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the reactivation of the NAACP Freeport Branch, we are proud to share our first Quarterly Newsletter. Since April of this year, we have successfully established our leadership team by electing officers and at-large members and are actively filling our Executive Committee positions. Our website and social media identity have been established and we invite you to visit, join, and share the link with your family and friends:

Memberships are the lifeblood of the NAACP. The NAACP is the best, biggest, boldest and the oldest civil rights organization in the country with over 2,000 branches and over 2 million members. Our Branch now boasts of 175+ members in our first year and we hope you will consider joining us in the fight for justice. General membership meetings for the Branch are held at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month, via zoom. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings are being conducted virtually until in-person meetings are deemed safe.

As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Join Now!

~ Pat Norman, President


Our Strategic Planning

A Branch & Community-Wide Reading Program

A Letter to Young Job Seekers

Resolution of Respect and Honor to Walter Maurice Hayward, Sr

Criminal Justice Reform Program

The Color of Race

One of the Founding Members of the NAACP

Save the Date

MLK, Jr. Holiday – Jan 17
Branch Mtg – Jan. 24
Black History Month – Feb.
Branch Mtg – Feb. 28
Newsletter deadline for
March issue – Mar. 1
Branch Mtg – Mar. 28