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Charleston Branch NAACP To Celebrate 100 Years Of Service To The Community
4/12/2017 1:52:18 PM

Charleston Branch NAACP & President Dot Scott during press conference. Photo: Tolbert Smalls, Jr.
Staff Reports - The Charleston Branch NAACP Centennial Celebration will kick off this week, acknowledging its original charter on April 14, 1917. This Friday, the civil rights organization will hold a press conference and community open house from 9:00am-3:00pm at its headquarters at 81-A Columbus street.

City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will present the branch with a proclamation recognizing the Centennial celebration. Rev. Samuel L. Green, Presiding Bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Rev. Steven Green, Director of the National NAACP Youth and College Division will also be on hand and make remarks at the event.

The Charleston Branch was one of two original South Carolina NAACP startups (the other is in Columbia) chartered in 1917 with 75 Members. Edwin Harleston, a famous painter, was one of the founding members. The organization was initially founded in New York by civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois in 1909.

Branch President Dot Scott is excited for the celebration and looks forward to sharing the moment with the community. “I have been both privileged and honored to serve the community for the last 16 years as president of the Charleston Branch NAACP. During my tenure, the branch has grown in membership, diversity and community partner support. . Those important factors have fueled our fight for justice and equality for so many,” said Scott. She has been the president of the branch since 2001.

Rev. Joseph Darby, a lifetime member of the NAACP, serves as First Vice President. He also served as First Vice-President of the South Carolina Conference and the Columbia Branch, and co-authored the 1999 National NAACP resolution for economic sanctions that led to the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Dome and legislative chambers of South Carolina’s State House.

Later this year, the branch will hold its annual Freedom Fund Gala on Saturday, September 23 at the Gailliard Auditorium. Centennial birthday wishes received by August 15 will be printed in the banquet souvenir journal. For more information about the celebration, call (843) 805-8030 or email

Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Micheline Mandel Submitted: 4/14/2017
100 years!!! Fantastic, thank you for all the good you have done and continue to do, God bless you

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