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.

NAACP Fauquier County Branch  


President - Dr. Ellsworth L.B. Weaver, Sr. 

1st Vice President - Renard Carlos

Branch Secretary - Kathy Marmet

Assistant Secretary (Communications) - Taryn Weaver

Treasurer - Robert Copeland

Assistant Treasurer - Sheri Thorpe

Member-at-Large (Executive Committee) - John Harrison

Member-at-Large (Executive Committee) - Conway Porter

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 LeadDebra Copeland

The function of the Communications Committee is to:

  • Serve as the focal point for all communications from the Branch.

  • Create press releases and ensure events are publicized to the maximum extent possible.

  • Work with Committee Chairs in developing flyers, etc. to publicize their programs.

  • Develop committee annual goals and objectives.

  • Ensure mailing lists are updated.

  • Maintain the website and social media accounts.

Community & Economic Development

Committee Leads,  John Doyle & Joe Washington

The Economic Development Committee shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color by:

  • Researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities;

  • Supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by national programs

  • Implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; 

  • Increasing employment and job creation; and

  • Encouraging business development and home ownership


Committee Leads,  Matt Carlos & Mike Hammond

The function of the Education/ Scholarships Committee is to:

  • Seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education;

  • Study local educational conditions affecting minority groups;

  • Investigate the public school system and school zoning;

  • Familiarize itself with textbook material used in the school and seek to eliminate material there from which is racially derogatory;

  • Oversee awarding of Fauquier NAACP scholarships at local high schools;

  • Keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found and;

  • Aim to be a center of popular education on the race questions and on the work of the association.

Freedom Fund
The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct fund-raising activities, including entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.

Committee Lead, Robert Copeland
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,  Kathy Marmet

The function of the Health Committee is to:

  • Work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans;

  • Assess the health needs of the community;

  • Advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans;

  • Sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and

  • Support health initiatives of the Association.


Committee Leads,  Conway Porter & Miggy Strano

The function of the Housing Committee is to:

  • Study housing conditions in the local 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.

Political Action 

The Political Action Committee seeks to:

  • Increase registration and voting

  • Work for the enactment of municipal, state, and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups

  • Seek to the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation

  • Work to improve the administration of justice

  • Work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and

  • Keep the National Office and the Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups.

The Committee is nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.

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.

  • Supervise all litigation in which the branch is interested and;

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


The function of the Membership Committee is to:

  • Work to maintain and increase the membership of the Association;

  • Be responsible for planning and organizing an annual membership campaign;

  • Solicit new members and secure renewals.

Religious Affairs

Committee Lead,  Rev. Ronald Poe & Rev. Dr. Ethel Canty Bothuel
The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Unit. It shall:
  • Promote educational programs designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle

  • Interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths

  • Enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and

  • Provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.

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