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History of the NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was established in 1909 and is America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. It was formed in New York City by white and black activists, partially in response to the ongoing violence against African Americans around the country. In the NAACP’s early decades, its anti-lynching campaign was central to its agenda. During the civil rights era in the 1950s and 1960s, the group won major legal victories, and today the NAACP has more than 2,200 branches and some half a million members worldwide.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.          


Our Mission

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Our Mission
NAACP Fauquier County Branch  


President - Conway Porter 

1st Vice President - Robin U. Fields

Branch Secretary - Marsha Melkonian

Assistant Secretary (Communications) - Kathy Marmet

Treasurer - Chuck Wilkers

Assistant Treasurer - Art Poland

Member-at-Large (Executive Committee) - Vacant

Member-at-Large (Executive Committee) - Harold Leon Williams, Jr.

NAACP Fauquier County Branch

The strength and effectiveness of an NAACP unit can be determined by how well its standing committees function. Those individuals who serve on standing committees accomplish the work of the Association.

Communications, Press & Publicity

Committee LeadMichelle Shanks

The Communications Committee creates and issues press releases, maintains the website and social media accounts, and ensures that news/events are publicized to the maximum extent possible.

Community & Economic Development

Committee Lead, Darine Barbour

The Community & Economic Development Committee creates and

implements local efforts and supports national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color.

Criminal Justice

Committee Lead,  (Vacant)

The Criminal Justice Committee leads local efforts and supports national programs to address systemic inequities related to law enforcement and the criminal justice system.


Committee Lead,  Matt Carlos

The function of the Education/Scholarships Committee is to oversee awarding of Fauquier NAACP scholarships at local high schools and to keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found.

Freedom Fund
Committee Lead,
The Freedom Fund Committee plans and conducts fund-raising activities, including the annual Freedom Fund event. 

Committee Lead, Chuck Wilkers
The function of the Finance Committee is to study the financial needs of the Unit and be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.


Committee Lead,  Darlene Kelley

The function of the Health Committee is to work to promote, protect, and maintain the health of African Americans and other communities of color and to sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs, and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color.


Committee Lead,  Miggy Strano

The function of the Housing Committee is to study housing conditions in the community, receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination, oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private, and disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.

Legal Redress

Committee Lead,  Conway Porter

The function of the Legal Redress Committee is to investigate all cases reported to it that have been identified as discriminatory, to supervise litigation in which the branch is interested, and to keep the conference

informed on the progress of every case. (The Legal Redress Committee shall not give legal advice.)

Political Action

Committee Lead, Nic Burhans

The Political Action Committee works to increase voter registration and voting and to improve the administration of justice and equal enforcement of the law. (The Committee is nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.)


Committee Lead,  Robin U. Fields

The Membership Committee works to maintain and increase the 

membership of the Branch and to solicit new members and secure renewals.

Religious Affairs

Committee Lead,  Rev. Dr. Ethel Canty Bothuel
The Religious Affairs Committee promotes educational programs designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle. It interprets the work of the Branch to organized religious groups of all faiths and enlists the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights. 

Take A Stand. Answer the Call for Equality. Answer the Call for 

Civil Rights. Join the Oldest and Boldest Civil Rights Society in America. Join the NAACP Fauquier County Branch.

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