Equal Rights

As the result of interest shown at a meeting Monday night, the Island now has a chapter of its own of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Martha's Vineyard NAACP, Fifty Years of Island Activism

I have heard it said about the Martha’s Vineyard branch of the NAACP that it is the most ethnically mixed chapter in the entire country and indeed, since its inception 50 years ago its sense of mission has been equally appealing to both black and white Americans.

NAACP Awards Dinner Honors Island Women

The Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the NAACP held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Membership and Awards dinner, which was postponed a day due to weather, on Monday, Feb. 18, at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. Awards went to three members of the Vineyard community for their outstanding commitment to public service. Rabbi Caryn Broitman of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center was recognized, and acknowledged the collaboration between the Jewish community and the NAACP on the Vineyard.

NAACP Holds Annual Dinner

It takes dedication and hard work to achieve Dr. Martin Luther King's goals and visions.

Which is exactly what some Vineyarders are willing to offer.

Black Pioneers Share Insights in Series of NAACP Luncheons

The Martha’s Vineyard NAACP and the Oyster Bar & Grill are presenting a series of four summer luncheons with guest speakers who have made successful careers in broadcasting entrepreneurship, in organizational management and human resources, in writing, and in medicine. Lunch and dialogue is open to all. The events are at 12:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bar & Grill at 57 Circuit avenue in Oak Bluffs. Cost is $30 per person per luncheon, to benefit the Island branch of the NAACP.

The speakers will be as follows:

New NAACP Officers

New NAACP Officers

The Martha’s Vineyard NAACP has elected new leadership. They were sworn into office on Dec. 9, 2008, by Police Chief Erik Blake. Officers and committee members are: Laurie Perry-Henry, president; Marie B. Allen, first vice president; Carrie B. Tankard, second vice president, and executive committee members Francine James, Rev. Marcia Buckley, Elaine Weintraub, Don Goss and Vera Shorter.

NAACP Gets Pieces of a Dream to Jazz up Bradley Square Coffers

The thing Martha’s Vineyard NAACP branch president Laurie Perry-Henry likes best about the jazz band Pieces of a Dream was their sense of togetherness and common purpose.

“That’s our theme for the NAACP, is One Nation, One Dream,” said Ms. Perry-Henry in an interview this week. “It’s almost prophetic in nature,” she said of the common values shared by the national civil rights group, and the smaller, musical one.

NAACP Sees Dr. King’s Legacy in Youth

The theme this year was youth, including youthful viewpoints and honors for people who work with youth, at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. day brunch, hosted by the Vineyard chapter of the NAACP. The event took place at Deon’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Monday and was attended by over 100 people. It was a celebration both of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the work that the NAACP and those affiliated with the organization have done and continue to do.

Annual NAACP Brunch To Award Three Islanders

From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama will be the theme of the annual Martha’s Vineyard NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Membership and Awards Brunch, on Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Deon’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs.

Steve Bernier, the Rev. Roger H. Spinney and Tobias Vanderhoop will be presented with outstanding service awards. Troy Small and Randall Jette, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students, will be guest speakers.