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Founders Day Event this Sunday, February 12, 2023


A time in which we acknowledge our roots – those who brought us as far as we have come.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 4:00 PM
A virtual (online) event

You must register to receive the Zoom link for this event.
Go to
and click on the “Reserve a Spot” button on the upper right side of the page to register.


Picture of the Founders of the NAACP around the NAACP logo

3:00 P.M.
Zoom Presentation

If you do not have Zoom already, download Zoom, it’s free!

Use this link to join the Zoom presentation:
Meeting ID: 880 4816 4269
Passcode: 397236
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,88048164269#,,,,*397236# US (Chicago)
+19294362866,,88048164269#,,,,*397236# US (New York)
Or Dial-in
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

57th House of Delegates Candidates’ Forum

On Monday October 11, at 7:00PM
(following the branch’s business meeting via Zoom)
the Political Action Committee of the
Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the NAACP
is sponsoring a candidates’ forum via Zoom
for the 57 House of Delegates candidates:
Sally Hudson and Philip Andrew Hamilton.

Ms. Sally Hudson
Mr. Philip Andrew Hamilton

The Zoom meeting link for this candidates’ forum is:

Or one tap mobile :
    US: +13126266799,,87362322476#,,,,*766651#  or

Or Telephone:
    (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1-312-626-6799  or +1-929-436-2866
or +1-301-715-8592  or +1-346-248-7799

Questions? Please email

2021 General Election Voter Guide

The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Branch is committed to informing our community about important issues and ensuring that public participation is accessible to all. To that end, we have prepared this 2021 General Election Voter Guide (PDF download) to inform local voters of the choices available to them in this year’s general election, and encourage you to use this information to get informed and get involved.

Region VII Civil Rights Advocacy and Training Institute (CRATI)

Region 7 Civil Rights Advocacy and Training Institute (CRATI)
on Friday and Saturday March 22-23, 2019
Annapolis, Maryland

Below is the link to make hotel reservations and the link to register for the 2019 Region 7 Civil Rights Advocacy and Training Institute CRATI. Please note that there will be no onsite registration.

Family Photo Day

Saturday, March 9, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
233 4th St NW, Charlottesville 

Bring in old family photos from the 1880s to the 1950s for a free appraisal. 
Learn how to preserve your photos (free archival materials provided).
Contribute  your family stories to local history
Have a Holsinger style family portrait taken

View 500+ portraits of local African-Americans and learn more about Charlottesville area’s past through the photographs of the R.W. Holsinger/University Studio collection

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is located on the Second floor of the Jefferson School City Center. Its main entrance is on Commerce St, one-block north of West Main Street. It can also be entered from the City Center’s 4th Street entrance.  Over 200 free parking spaces on 4th Street.

Memorial to Lynching: Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Jefferson School

Memorial to Lynching: Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage

On July 8th at 8 am, as many as 110 people will “get on the bus” to begin the Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Their ultimate goal is to bring soil collected from the site where John Henry James was lynched in 1898, to the newly opened Equal Justice Initiative’s Monument to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Al. We hope to deliver our soil on July 12th–the 120th anniversary of Mr. James’ murder. Along the way we will make stops to some of the most important civil rights sites in the country. On the bus will be students, teachers, and other community members as well as historians to provide information as we move from one site to another. We will also be accompanied by clergy and therapists to help us process during difficult moments.

The trip dates are July 8 – 13, 2018. Total cost for this five night/six day all-inclusive excursion is $1,500. Hotel rooms are double occupancy and a per diem and cost of hotel is included in the price. A 50% deposit is needed to hold your spot.

Checks should be made to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center with a notation Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Our mailing address is 233 4th St, NW Charlottesville, VA  22903.

If you earn below $47,000 per year then you are eligible to register as a low income member of our community for the pilgrimage. We presently have 30 slots available and will fill them on a first come, first serve basis.

To register as a low income community member,  you must provide a W2 form or two pay stubs as proof. If you do not have this information,  please contact us anyway. Please send this information to with your name address and a method of contacting you.  If you are a household, we will need the names of all members who would like to attend.

We hope to extend the opportunity to engage in this once in a lifetime experience with students, teachers and low income members of our community. If you would like to donate to the cause please 


Andrea Douglas, MBA, PhD
Executive Director 
Jefferson School African American
Heritage Center

434 260-8724

Jefferson School City Center, a Community Center for the 21st Century


TAKE ACTION: Protect Our Courts and Brown v. Board


Do you believe in the promise of Brown v. Board?

It’s a simple question, but one that several of President Trump’s judicial nominees have struggled to answer. We need your help to make sure that those who don’t believe in civil rights don’t get to guard our justice system.

64 years ago, today, Thurgood Marshall and a team of NAACP attorneys won the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which outlawed segregation in public schools and overturned the principle of “separate but equal.”

Brown v. Board was a critical civil rights milestone but its full progressive potential has not been realized. Many children of color remain relegated tounderperforming schools, and, as recent incidents have shown, racial bias remains a daily reality.

Now, we find ourselves faced with judicial nominees who refuse to state their support for Brown v. Board. Six of Trump’s selections for these lifetime appointments to federal courts evaded senators’ questions about their feelings toward the Supreme Court decision.

Such behavior is hardly surprising from nominees with proven track records of disrespecting the rights of Americans of color. These individuals have worked to roll back voting rights, criminal justice, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ rights. Many would join all-white courts in jurisdictions serving millions of people of color.

Our democracy needs your help. With nearly 180 judicial vacancies, the Senate’s action on these nominees could impede progressive issues for decades. Please urge your senators to confirm qualified, honorable candidates.

Protect our courts and the promise of Brown v. Board.


In solidarity,
Derrick Johnson

President and CEO

October 2017 Branch meeting

On Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Cafe, the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP meet. Before the business meeting, we discussed Racial and ethnic disparities in health status, lead by Dr. M. Norman Oliver, researcher, teacher, and clinician. 

Branch President’s message at the 2017 Freedom Fund Banquet


On behalf of the Albemarle- Charlottesville NAACP officers and members, we are pleased to have you join us for our annual Freedom Fund Banquet. We hope that your evening is pleasant and enjoyable.

 January 2017 saw a changing of the guard for the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP. After twelve years of dedicated service to the organization, Dr. M. Rick Turner made the decision to resign from his position as president of the local branch. We thank him for his twelve years of service and we will continue to build on the progress made during his tenure – while encouraging a productive vision for the future of the branch.

For over a century the NAACP has been one of the nation’s leading champions of civil rights and social justice; working tirelessly to achieve economic equity, with a commitment to attain equality and justice for all. Dr. King once said,” the arc of the moral universe is long but, it bends towards justice.” Justice, a word that has continued to surface in daily conversations, is being enacted by various vocal means of protests throughout the nation. Just this year members of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Community braced themselves while preparing for visits from members of the Ku Klux Klan and – the organizers of the Unite the Right Rally resulted in a tragic ending involving the loss of life. The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP countered the Klan rally with a successful peaceful protest rally based on the theme, “Steadfast and Immovable”. Various other community activities were planned to provide alternative choices in lieu of attending the rallies.

The NAACP stands at a pivotal time in history! We find ourselves in a period of unrest as a nation. We seem to be engaged in a struggle to protect the gains that we as a people have made during the last fifty years, especially the right to vote. The NAACP stands ready to challenge efforts to roll back and eliminate policies and programs intended to extend the social safety net to all. Many people in our community and across America would be affected by this injustice. Therefore, the tireless work of the NAACP remains relevant today. As the oldest civil rights organization in the world, we would want to be a significant part of the solution as we remain dedicated and committed to the mission of the organization: to ensure the Political, Educational, Social and Economic Equality of Rights of All Persons and to Eliminate Racial Hatred and Racial Discrimination. We remain steadfast in our resolve and immovable from our objective.

Yours in the Struggle,

Janette Boyd Martin, President               
Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP 

Janette Boyd Martin, President of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP