NAACP returning to Imperial Valley

February 09, 2013|By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer

The local chapter of the NAACP is coming back, and those interested in the organization can attend a meet and greet this evening when the 2013 officers will also be sworn in.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”

“We need to stay focused on that purpose and anything more than that defeats the purpose,” NAACP local chapter President Wallace Phillips said. “It’s part of the American dream. How would it be if one person could prosper and others couldn’t for whatever reason?”

Anybody can join regardless of race, gender, sexual identity, or religious preference, he said, adding that “the only thing I would suggest to a person is you believe in the mission.”

The local chapter will have monthly meetings and events with a focus on issues such as youth outreach and mentoring.

“We as a small group can’t do it all though. We need members. When you have more people you have more resources, especially knowledge of different things,” Phillips said. “Everybody brings different things to the table.”

The local chapter became defunct about six or seven years ago, and how and why that happened will also be addressed tonight.

Membership is $30 a year. Tickets are $10 for the event tonight and includes food. There’s limited tickets for the nearly sold-out event that expects to draw around 90 people.

Call Wallace Phillips at 760-455-0354 or Joyce Gentry at 760-562-8447 for information on the NAACP of Imperial Valley.

Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or

If you go

What — NAACP local chapter meet and greet

When — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight

Where — Denny’s, 1445 Ocotillo Drive in El Centro

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