The Atlanta NAACP held their annual Jubilee Day in observance of the Emancipation Proclamation on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at the Ben Hill United Methodist Church. Reverend Richard Winn, senior pastor, and the Ben Hill Majestic Choir, hosted the event and welcomed a full house of NAACP members, elected officials, community leaders, friends, and well-wishers.
The theme for this 150th anniversary of the publishing of the Emancipation Proclamation was, “Emancipation 2013: Honoring Our Past; Embracing Our Present; Empowering Our Future”. The event was chaired by Dr. Marie Robinson-Metze and vice chaired by Rev. Dr. Michael D. Stinson who presided over the day’s festivities.
Dr. C. Clayton Powell, a community champion for civil rights, was honored by the Atlanta Branch (NAACP), for his life of service. Dr. Powell was one of the first practicing optometrists, and the first African Americans to be appointed to the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institute of Health. He served for four years and participated in the first decision regarding research on the surgical procedure Vitrectomy.
The Atlanta NAACP announced that in light of the systematic gun violence that exists in our communities, the NAACP is pursuing an aggressive effort to mount and execute a “Gun Buy-Back” project.
“We are impressed with the results of the gun buy-back program executed in many cities. Dallas and Detroit have implemented projects through local churches; Boston has a program funded by the Boston Police Department in cooperation with Target (providing gift cards for guns); San Francisco’s gun buy-back program was funded by an anonymous donor. The Atlanta Branch will be looking for funding and/or partnerships for this program for our community during the coming months,” - Dr. White.
For information about the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP, please contact the office at 404-756-5447.