Each Spring, we co-sponsor the Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism breakfast with the NAACP. During this community event, we award the Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award to an individual, group or agency for their work in the area of racial justice. We host periodic roundtable discussion groups on topics related to Racial Justice. Trained staff are also available to present workshops on diversity to workplace audiences and other groups.
Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism Breakfast
Sponsored by the NAACP and the YWCA. There is a buffet breakfast and program held in the YWCA Terrace Room, 304 N. 8th Street. Suggested donation: $15 for adults, $10 for students. Proceeds go to the Kelsy Beshears MWSU Scholarship Fund.
To see pictures from the 2017 Stand Against Racism event, click here: Stand Against Racism 2017.
The YWCA St. Joseph, along with all the YWCA’s across the nation, continues to work toward the elimination of racism in our country – click here to read about our ‘Day of Commitment.’
You are welcome to join us.
St. Joseph Unit – Branch 4085 NAACP
Over 100 Years Strong
Contact – Charles Triplett, President – 816.671.9044
Stephen Holdenried, Sr., Vice President – firstname.lastname@example.org 816.244.0374
James Dodd, Membership – 816.233.2729
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.
Monthly Meeting Location: The Community Room of Brookdale East Apartments, 3414 Messanie Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501
Monthly Meeting Date: (Fourth Tuesday of each month) 6:30 p.m. General Meeting
local mailing address:
NAACP St. Joseph Unit – Branch 4085
PO Box 8561
St. Joseph, MO 64508
The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution – the principal objectives of the Association shall be:
- To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
- To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
- To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
- To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
- To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
- To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.
St. Joseph NAACP Recent Accomplishments:
Voter Registration: Over 500 new voters were registered for the November 2012 election.
Stand Against Racism: Annual event cosponsored by the YWCA and the local NAACP held at Central High School where students stand against racism
Annual Black History Program
Encourage Participation in the Local Election of School Board Members, Bond, and Levy Elections
Day of Commitment against Racism: Cosponsored by the YWCA and the local NAACP held annually at the YWCA which includes:
- A pledge to eliminate racism
- The awarding of the Kelsey Beshears Scholarship
- Since 1997, a breakfast held at the YWCA where the community is welcome to celebrate and honor the recipient of the annual Kelsey Beshears Award