NAACP comes to campus

Katy Murray
Staff Writer

   The University of Arkansas–Monticello chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People plans to improve the political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups.

   Although not officially running yet, the UAM chapter will meet once a month after it finalizes its organization through the National Office. The first meeting will be held at the beginning of the 2005 spring semester. At that time, the group plans to determine a specific meeting day and elect officers.

   “The UAM NAACP chapter will be working in conjunction with the Drew County chapter, the Arkansas state chapter and the Regional chapter,” organizer Ursula Patterson said.

   She said the first meetings will help plan events for the upcoming semester. During the first meeting, all students of UAM will be invited to become members. An annual due must be paid before one can become an active member. The following dues must be collected prior to membership:

  • 17 years old and under - $10
  • 18-20 years old - $15
  • 21 years and older - $30

   The NAACP, formed in 1909 by a multi-cultural group of progressive thinkers, works as a non-profit organization.  According to their official Web site,, the group has as its mission the goal of eliminating race prejudice and removing all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes. For more than 95 years, the NAACP built and grew on the collective courage of thousands of people from all races under the one uniting premise of all men and women being created equal.

   As the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP has worked successfully to effect change. From corporate partnerships to tireless volunteer labor, the organization has evolved and possesses a renewed commitment to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The UAM chapter plans to work in the roots of the NAACP’s mission by helping others.

   “There is always plenty to do, from community service projects, to attending conferences to become more knowledgeable of our goals,” Patterson said. 

   For more information about the UAM chapter of the NAACP, consult Patterson or other current student organizers including Shanta Branch, Rosetta Brown or Tonya Block. The UAM chapter also advises students to be on the lookout for their upcoming meetings and events that will begin in the spring.

   To learn more about the NAACP or to make a donation one can find information at the following Web site:

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