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ABOUT
NAACP Cookeville-Putnam

VISION & HISTORY.

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

Objectives

  • To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens

  • To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States

  • To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes

  • To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights

  • To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination

  • To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.

The six NAACP Game Changers address the major areas of inequality facing African Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.

 

History

Founded February 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s foremost, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization. Click to learn more about the history of the national chapter. 

LEADERSHIP.

NATIONAL PRESIDENT

& CEO

Derrick Johnson serves as President and CEO of the NAACP, a title he has held since October of 2017. President Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, as well as state president for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. A longstanding member and leader of the NAACP, Mr. Johnson has helped guide the Association through a period of re-envisioning and reinvigoration.

LOCAL PRESIDENT

Tom Savage serves as the President of the Cookeville-Putnam chapter of the NAACP. He was voted in as president in 20XX and has lead the local organization in a great direction as the membership base has doubled in size. Savage is an active member of 100 Black Men of America, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance,  and also serves as the State Vice Chairman of Labor for the NAACP State Conference. 

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Johnnie Wheeler

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Jackie McMurry

3RD VICE PRESIDENT

Walter Buck

4TH VICE PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

Ruth Ventrice

ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Annie Black

TREASURER

Geeta McMillan

ASSISTANT TREASURER

Drema Neely

COMMUNITYPARTNERS.

NAACP Cookeville-Putnam works closely with several organizations around the Upper Cumberland in order to achieve many of our outreach efforts. With the support of these establishments, we have coordinated more than 100 community events throughout the years. 

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