Founding and History
Formed in 1909 by a multiracial group of progressive thinkers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a non-profit organization that has as it's mission the goal of eliminating race prejudice and removing all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic process. This mission is accomplished by seeking the enactment and enforcement of federal, state and local laws securing civil rights, and by informing the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination.
Throughout its history, the pursuit of racial equality has been fought by educating members and the greater society of their constitutional rights and by taking all lawful actions to secure the exercise of those rights.
The Norwich Branch NAACP was established in 1963 to continue the work of the National Organization within Eastern Connecticut. The Norwich Branch believes the NAACP’s goals of equality, justice and civil rights for all people are still important today.
First Officers Of The Branch 1963 – 1964
The first officers of the Norwich Branch were a diverse group of individuals from many different ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.
Reverend Joseph Schneider, President – Minister of Unitarian Universalist Church
Reverend Richard Campbell, Vice President – Minister of AME Zion Church, Norwich
Amanda Braboy, Secretary – Co-Founder of the Norwich Branch
Tealie Edwards, Treasurer – Charter Member
Norwich And New London Branches Work Together
The Norwich and New London Branches joined together to fight for permanent inclusive representation on the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) Board. Representation would include one NAACP member from each Branch, plus poor people who would be served by TVCCA. The Norwich Branch organized a meeting where the following issues were discussed:
Training for a better job;
Help in getting a better job;
Nursery schools or day-care center for children of working mothers;
Play grounds and recreation programs;
Jobs for teenagers;
and Credit Unions.