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Message from the President
Dr. Harold Bailey, Ph, D.
Dear members and supporters,
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to serve the NAACP, Albuquerque Branch. I will again represent the branch with dignity and respect and will follow the direction of the executive board for the best interest of the organization and the community at large.
I embrace the challenge to preserve and protect the civil rights of all people. The Albuquerque Branch, founded in 1915, is one of the oldest chapters of the NAACP.
I will work with other groups to form partnerships and coalitions to address similar problems. I strongly believe there must be a collective strategy to address common adverse situations.
In addition, this administration is committed to enhancing the rich history of the Albuquerque Branch and working with unity and purpose.
Harold Bailey, Ph.D.
President, NAACP Albuquerque Branch
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
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.
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.
2013 Image Awards
There is no other organization that has confronted the misuse of media to influence negative public attitudes toward race like the NAACP. As early as 1915, it organized a nationwide protest against the negative portrayals of African Americans in “Birth of A Nation.” The founding members of the Association immediately understood the power and influence of the then new media of film. The Association has also been at the forefront of the struggle for the inclusion of all Americans, regardless of race, in the entertainment industry.
In 1942, NAACP Executive Director, Walter White, worked with politicians and studio executives to establish an ad hoc committee with the major studios to monitor the image and portrayal of African Americans on the screen. In 1955, the Mississippi Branch of the NAACP, led by Medgar Evers, filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that the local television affiliate, WLBT, presented the local news in a racially biased manner that did not serve the public interest. Finally in 1969, the FCC revoked WLBT’s broadcast license. This, after years of litigation, marked the only time in FCC history that a television station’s license was revoked because of racial bias in programming. This sent a powerful reminder to the rest of the television industry – that we as citizens own the public airwaves.
In1966, under consistent legal pressure from the NAACP, “The Amos & Andy Show” was taken off the air, and a year later the NAACP Hollywood Branch created the NAACP Image Awards. Now a primetime live special, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.
In 1999, the networks signed a landmark memorandum of understanding with the NAACP and the Grand Coalition greatly advancing the cause of diversity in the entertainment industry and creating a milestone by which we can measure future progress in Hollywood. Today, the NAACP through the Hollywood Bureau, and support of its membership, continues to monitor offensive and defamatory images in film and television, and its campaign for greater minority participation in the entertainment industry.
Headed by the Executive Director, Vic Bulluck, the Hollywood Bureau continues the NAACP’s tradition of media monitoring and social advocacy.