The Long Beach Branch NAACP will recognize the 2020 Outstanding Men & Fathers. LB Branch NAACP rationale for recognizing outstanding men and fathers is for the vital role they play in our society. Our honorees are fathers, civic leaders, doctors, judges, lawyers, educators, administrators, businessmen, mentors and humanitarians. These incredible men and fathers help to shape the personalities and our current and future leaders.
Honorees were nominated by Long Beach Branch NAACP members from the adult branch, youth councils, college and high school clubs, and branch supporters. The criteria for nominations included long-term service to the local branch, community, and support of social justice and documentation of leadership, culture dedicated to family, charity, responsibility, fatherhood, mentoring, and civil rights. Mrs. Naomi Rainey-Pierson, President of the Long Beach Branch NAACP states, “This is an annual time when the LB NAACP gathers to recognize outstanding men and fathers of the community, who are supporters, mentors, role models, and volunteers. Our honorees go beyond the call of duty to help make our society more inclusive.”
This recognition program will be the core of the Long Beach Branch NAACP’s Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day is held June 19 to commemorate the announcement of the abolition of slavery. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, American slavery came to an end and a celebration of freedom was born. It is a holiday whose history was hidden for much of the last century. But as the nation now observers the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s onset, it is a holiday worth recognizing. In essence, Juneteenth marks what is arguably the most significant event in American history after independence itself- the eradication of American slavery. For centuries, slavery was the dark stain on America’s soul, the deep contradiction to the nation’s founding ideals of “Life Liberty, & the pursuit of happiness” and “All men are created equal”. When Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation proclamation on January 1, 1863, he took a huge step toward erasing the stain.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 by a group of black and white citizens, in response to injustice that many Americans confronted solely because of race. Many of the founders were women and mothers. Today, the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world, continues to focus major efforts at increasing voter empowerment, educational excellence and individual responsibility, thus creating an infrastructure for economic and social development and new effective ways to develop young leaders. The NAACP is non-partisan.
For more information, please contact the Long Beach Branch NAACP by email: firstname.lastname@example.org telephone: (562) 856-7586.