September 23, 1996 |
For the first time in about 40 years, the West Chester branch of the NAACP will have an official youth council to serve black teenagers in the area. Yesterday, Thomas A. Smith Jr., the president of the Pennsylvania State Conference of the NAACP, presented a charter at the West Chester Community Center. "This is a unique day for you," Smith said. "There are not too many communities across the state, and across this nation, that can boast they have a youth council. " He estimated that statewide, the NAACP had about 15 youth councils.
April 23, 1993 |
City Council yesterday defeated by a 5-2 vote a controversial measure - called a "political football" by insiders - that would have established a mayor's youth council. The youth council would have served as an advisory board between the mayor's office and the city's crime-plagued juvenile population. It was the second time Council had rejected the plan. Council in January voted to take no action on the resolution when questions were raised about financing and procedure. Mayor Aaron A. Thompson began setting up the youth council earlier this year to be his link to the community.
February 27, 1992 |
The NAACP is looking for members to help set up a youth council branch in Ambler. At an introductory meeting Sunday, about 25 interested youths and their parents came to learn about the organization. A youth council needs 50 dues-paying members between the ages of 13 and 21 to get a charter from the NAACP. Sandra Wilson, NAACP director for eastern Pennsylvania, said the youth council would become one of about 600 local units nationwide and would serve as a training group as well as a way to educate young people about black history.
April 1, 1993 |
The local NAACP chapter is using the national organization's 84th anniversary to honor some of its youngest members. The Ambler chapter's NAACP Birthday Celebration Weekend, starting tomorrow, will focus on its Youth Council members, ages 13 to 20. The weekend will include a trip to New York City and two fund-raising events that organizers hope will provide the money for conferences and events later this year. "The experiences that our young people face are still in many ways parallel to those of their parents' generation," said Killraine Dean, who heads the chapter's Youth Council.
August 26, 1990 |
Members of the Willingboro school board are calling for a re-evaluation of the district's policy on special requests to use school facilities, saying an event was held at the John F. Kennedy Junior High School even though the sponsoring group violated 10 application procedures. Board Vice President Margaret Reynolds said last week that the youth council for the Willingboro chapter of the NAACP was improperly allowed to hold a conference Aug. 18. Reynolds said the group violated 10 standard procedures, among them rules stipulating that applications be filed by a Willingboro organization, signed by a township resident and submitted two weeks before the event.
June 10, 2011
Clara Luper, 88, an Oklahoma civil rights icon who led sit-ins at drugstore lunch counters, died Wednesday after a lengthy illness. On Aug. 19, 1958, as the 35-year-old sponsor of the Oklahoma City NAACP Youth Council, Ms. Luper led three adult chaperones and 14 members of the youth council in a sit-in at the Katz Drug Store lunch counter in downtown Oklahoma City. The drugstore refused to serve the group, but the protesters refused to leave, and the sit-in lasted for several days.
April 30, 1992 |
Whites can't jump, can't sing, can't dance, can't play sports. They're all rich and power-hungry. And they think they're superior. Not to mention that they wear shorts in the wintertime. When Sandra Simmons asked a group of black youths attending a weekend NAACP conference to talk about some stereotypes of white people, the statements flowed and laughter rippled through the audience. But then Simmons got serious. "Is it a fact that white men can't jump?" she asked, taking her cue from a recent movie.
June 23, 1994 |
They want a place where neighborhood children can put on a play or a dance program, play basketball and study year-round - day or night. They want a place where youths would have access to job-training, drug prevention and African American culture programs, and information about the history of Crestmont, a section of Abington where blacks have long lived. What they can't get is a building. Establishing such a center has been a goal of the Crestmont Coalition of Neighbors since it was formed about two years ago, said the group's president, Renee Schaffer.
June 20, 1993 |
At first glance, this was a prom like any other - chiffons and glittery pumps, cummerbunds and bow ties. Still photographers, tables for 10, mood music to eat by, "Whoop, there it is" to dance by. But on second glance, there were purple ribbons on lapels and an 1863 document reprinted in the program. This was a high school rite of passage with a twist - an awareness prom, an Emancipation Proclamation Ball. "The kids knew I wasn't going to go for just a plain old dance," said organizer Sandra Wilson.