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Legislation #: 130827 Introduction Date: 10/24/2013
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS CURLS, SHARP, JAMES, JR., CIRCO, JOHNSON, DAVIS, FORD, MARCASON, WAGNER, REED, TAYLOR AND BROOKS
Title: Recognizing the NAACP KCMO Branch for 100 years of addressing civil rights advocacy issues and serving the Kansas City community and metropolitan area.

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10/21/2013 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/24/2013 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 130827

 

Recognizing the NAACP KCMO Branch for 100 years of addressing civil rights advocacy issues and serving the Kansas City community and metropolitan area.

 

WHEREAS, the first branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the Kansas City area was founded in 1913; first with a branch in Kansas City, Kansas, and soon after with a branch in Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1916, the Kansas City, Missouri branch of the NAACP elected Dr. Howard V. Smith as President and H.O. Cook as Secretary; and

 

WHEREAS, the NAACP has been the voice against Jim Crow segregation, discrimination and injustices in public accommodations, school desegregation and construction trades in an activist manner that has changed life chances for all area residents; and

 

WHEREAS, the NAACP hosted its first national convention in Kansas City in 1948 and subsequent years of 1984 and 2010, the first year of the Association’s second century of civil rights advocacy; and

 

WHEREAS, in the 1960s, the NAACP negotiated the hiring of black sales representatives and secretaries with Hallmark Greeting Card Co. and F.W. Woolworth, the youth council sat-in on the Offices of the Mayor to protest segregation at Fairyland Park, helped add the names of 1,500 new qualified voters during the branch’s voter registration campaign, and brought the total branch membership up to its all-time peak of 5,243; and

 

WHEREAS, the NAACP established a coalition of civil rights and women’s organizations in 2006 that crafted an historic, first-time Fair Share Agreement with the Jackson County Sports Authority, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals that called for 22% minority and 8% women participation in a $600 million renovation project; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby recognize the NAACP KCMO Branch for 100 years of addressing civil rights advocacy issues and serving the Kansas City community and metropolitan area; and NOW THEREFORE

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Anita L., Russell, Branch President, with the Mayor and Council urging all citizens to join in the centennial celebration on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 12:00 noon at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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