Early History of the JC NAACP

The Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP was organized and chartered in June 1946. To the best of anyone’s knowledge , this is the first time a civil rights group had been organized in Jefferson County, even though the second meeting of the Niagara Movement was held at Storer College in Harpers Ferry in 1906.

Charter Members
Among the charter members were: Rev. Marcus Wood, Rev. Elmer Dyson, Professor E. M. Dandridge, Mr. Ed Roper, Mrs. Ollie Tolbert, Mrs. Mary A .D. Taylor, Mrs. Virginia Green, and Rev. R.E.Gordon.

Leadership
The first Branch president was Professor E.M.Dandridge, science teacher at Page Jackson High School and later the school principal. Rev. Marcus Wood, pastor of Wainwright Baptist Church was vice president. Presidents who followed were Rev. Wood and Rev. Dyson.

Branch Desegregation Activities
The Branch was successful in getting the Jefferson County Circuit Court to put Blacks on the petit and grand juries. It was also successful in getting interstate buses desegregated. The local branch, in cooperation with the State Conference of the NAACP, was actively involved in the 1948 incident where a Black couple from Philadelphia were forcefully ejected from a N&W passenger train near Shenandoah Junction and the husband killed in cold blood by a Jefferson County Constable, John Brown. The branch had to borrow $50.00 from the Martinsburg NAACP branch to help bring in attorney and State president T.G.Nutter to the County. The Nutter investigation was going well until the widow decided to obtain another attorney and then dropped her suit against the railroad. The community felt the shooting was unjustified and was very disappointed that the widow dropped the suit. The facts of the killing still have not been resolved.

Re-chartering
In 1950, following the shooting incident , the Branch became inactive. In the period between 1950 and 1963, the Jefferson County Civic League was organized and continued working on desegregation efforts and obtaining equal opportunities for Blacks. In October 1963, The Jefferson County NAACP was rechartered following a public mass meeting at the Zion Baptist Church in Charles Town. Bishop Eugene Baltimore, pastor of King Apostle Church in Ranson was elected president and Lester Taylor of Harpers Ferry , vice-president.

 

Announcements

22ND ANNUAL JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE HERITAGE FESTIVAL &

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10
3:00pm Fashion Extravaganza -Betty Roper
Auditorium
Friday, August 15
2:00—5pm Job Fair @ Star Lodge Masonic Hall
7:00pm-8:30pm Gospel Extravaganza @ Betty Roper
Auditorium (Sponsored by the Skinner Law Firm)
7:00-10:00pm Youth Block Park (festival ground)SUNDAY, AUGUST 103:00pm Fashion Extravaganza -Betty RoperAuditorium

Friday, August 15

2:00—5pm Job Fair @ Star Lodge Masonic Hall

7:00pm-8:30pm Gospel Extravaganza @ Betty Roper

Auditorium (Sponsored by the Skinner Law Firm)

7:00-10:00pm Youth Block Park (festival ground)

Saturday, August 16

9am-11am Kids Workshop (Sponsored by Home

Depot)

10am –2pm Health Fair by Health Pact of Wash. DC

12:00 Noon Parade kickoff

2:00 Opening Ceremony

2:15-3:00 Marching bands presentations

2:00-5pm Free pony rides and moon bounce

3:00-4:00 Karl Miller Gospel Revue

4:00-4:15 Free give a ways and announcements

4:30-5:30 OTB (Off the Block) Local R&B band

5:30 Free give a ways and announcements

5:45-6:30 OTB Band

7:00-8:30 Concert featuring Brother +1 Band

(Sponsored by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town

Races)

Sunday, August 17

8:00am Niagara Movement Pilgrimage at the Murphy

Farm,- Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

9:30 am Memorial Service (a memorial service will be

held at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church located on

the former Storer College campus. immediately after

the pilgrimage,

 
2nd Annual Career Fair

2nd Annual African American Heritage Festival Career /Job Fair

Friday August 15, 2014 2:00 - 5:00 pm

243 Delaney Place (Masonic Lodge)

Charles Town, WV

 

Friday, August 15th ~ 2-5 pm 243 Delaney Place (Masonic Lodge) Charles Town, WV2nd Annual African American
Heritage Festival
Career/Job Fair
Friday, August 15th ~ 2-5 pm
243 Delaney Place (Masonic Lodge)
Charles Town, WV
Bring your resume and be ready to speak to recruiters and vendors
seeking to hire potential employees. Be prepared to impress..
For more information call 301-524-2nd Annual African American

 

Heritage Festival
Career/Job Fair
Friday, August 15th ~ 2-5 pm
243 Delaney Place (Masonic Lodge)
Charles Town, WV

Bring your resume and be ready to speak to recruiters and vendors

seeking to hire potential employees. Be prepared to impress..

For more information call 301-524-1467
 
THE OLLIE LIGHTFOOT TOLBERT AWARD

THE OLLIE LIGHTFOOT TOLBERT AWARD

Awarded annually for significant achievement of an African-American

The Ollie Lightfoot Tolbert Award was instituted in 1995 by the Jefferson County NAACP to be awarded for the highest or noblest achievement by an African-American during the preceding year or years.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the award is two-fold-first to call the attention of a Jefferson County citizen to the existence of distinguished merit and achievement in the area of civil and human rights in the county, and secondly, to serve as a reward for such achievement and as a stimulus to the ambition of African-Americans.

CONDITIONS

The award is presented annually to a Jefferson County citizen of African descent, who shall have made the highest achievement during the preceding year of years in and honorable field of human endeavor or civil rights.  The Committee of Award is bound by no burdensome restrictions, but may decide for itself each year what particular act or achievement deserves the highest acclaim; the choice is not limited to any one field, whether of intellectual, spiritual, physical, scientific, artistic, commercial, educational or other endeavor.  It is intended primarily that the award shall be for the highest achievement in the preceding year, but if no achievement in any one year seems to merit it, the Committee may award it for work achieved in preceding years, or may withhold it.

The award is usually presented to the winner at the annual Jefferson County African-American Heritage and Cultural Festival, and the presentation speech is delivered by a distinguished citizen.

A Committee of Award made up of previous awardees and the branch president selects the winner.  The Committee’s decision is final in all matters affecting the award.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE AWARD

Recommendations should be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Branch by October 8, 2013.  Such communications should state in detail the achievements of the person recommended.



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