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For more information about UK NAACP or
Get Involved, please email Jessica Persley at
The NAACP's mission is to improve the political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups, to eliminate racial prejudice, to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of racial discrimination, and to take lawful action to secure its elimination.
Many thanks to those of you who came out to the Affirmative Action Forum on November 18th, 2003 sponsored by UK NAACP and to those of you who came out to hear Tim Wise speak out against institutionalized racism on November the 10th, 2003.  UK NAACP was a proud co-sponsor of that event
W.E.B. DuBois, a founder of the NAACP
The Lexington Network Presents -
a summer film/discussion series

Tuesdays - June 22, July 13, Aug 3rd, Aug 24
7 - 8 p.m. Film
8 - 9 p.m. Discussion

Mayor's Training Center
/Central KY Job Center
1055 Industry Road

Tuesday, June 22 Promises Betrayed (1865-1896)

As Reconstruction ended, African Americans' efforts to assert their constitutional rights began to be
repressed at every turn by Southern whites emboldened by the North's withdrawal of support. Black aspirations for land, civil and political rights, and due process were met with laws that segregated and disenfranchised them - laws enforced with violence and terror.

Tuesday July 13th Fighting Back (1896-1917)

Episode two illustrates the early rise of a successful black middle class and the determination of white
supremacists to destroy fledgling black political power.  The growing oppression had a profound effect on a
professor at Atlanta University, W.E.B. DuBois, and a  teenage mail carrier named Walter White. Both would
become leaders of an organization found to oppose  Jim Crow: the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People.

Tuesday August 3rd Don't Shout Too Soon (1917-1940)

Three men, each part of the fledgling NAACP, confronted the terrors of racism in the years between the world wars. DuBois called for veterans to "return fighting". Walter White went among the lynchers to discover the truth behind rapes and insurrections allegedly committed by blacks.  Hamilton Houston designed and successfully applied the legal strategy that challenged Jim Crow and eventually resulted in the Brown vs Board of Education decision in 1954.

Tuesday, August 24 Terror and Triumph (1940-1954)

Black veterans return from World War II determined to achieve the same rights at home that they had fought
for in Europe. One veteran, Medgar Evers, became an organizer for the Mississippi NAACP. In Georgia, John
Wesley Dobbs, head of the Black Masons, organized the first voter-registration drives. The NAACP combined
five community lawsuits to become Brown vs Board of Education. That landmark decision irreparably breached the legal basis for Jim Crow, and through that opening poured the legions of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Lexington Network

Melanie Roederer
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