NAACP Midwest Region III

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Region III includes NAACP Units  in:

Illinois State Conference NAACP

Indiana State Conference NAACP

Kentucky State Conference NAACP

Michigan State Conference NAACP

Ohio State Conference NAACP 

West Virginia State Conference NAACP

Wisconsin State Conference NAACP

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When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909, there were a number of undeniably stark realities facing black Americans that the creation of the NAACP sought to overcome.



The Indiana State NAACP and the Twin City Ministerial Alliance held a roundtable discussion to discuss the pending environmental crisis facing residents of the Calumet and West Calumet communities.

In February, current Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb declared East Chicago a disaster area, due to dangerous environmental issues emerging from the U.S.S. Lead Superfund site. Despite the Indiana city facing lead infected water supply issues like Flint, Michigan, former Governor, and current Vice-President Mike Pence, had denied naming the location a disaster area.

Some  issues include a 40-year history of lead contamination are the displacement of entire communities, arsenic contamination, toxic dumping and loss of property value, local churches have lost an estimated 30% of their congregations. Dispensing  water filters for residents is a challenge.

On Tuesday, Cornell William Brooks, President, CEO, NAACP, addressed the demand for justice for those communities impacted by the environmental crisis.

“In the most advance and wealthiest nation in the world, the failure to ensure a healthy environment or simply clean drinking water for communities of color, cannot and will not be tolerated,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.

“Judge Lani Guinier once said that African Americans serve as the canaries in the mine, yet today we are seeing that those mines exist in our communities where toxic poisons are ignored, only because they have yet to reach the rest of America. How long can our leaders assume their communities will continue to be safe from those same poisons,” he emphasized.

During this event, the civil  rights activists released the East Chicago Toxic Crisis Report, which includes findings from a community listening session facilitated by the NAACP on April 5th,2017 and co-hosted by Twin City Ministerial Alliance. US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt was invited with state and national NAACP members including Jacqui Patterson, Director, Climate and Environmental Justice, NAACP , Denise Abdul-Rahman, Chair, Climate and Environmental Justice Committee Indiana State Conference  NAACP and          Atty. Barbara Bolling-Williams, President, and Member, National Board of Directors, NAACP

 Leon W. Russell, Elected Chairman, National Board of Directors NAACP , Feb. 18, 2017

Leon Russell, FL, speaks to Region III delegates at NAACP 107th Annual Convention, Cincinnati, OH. (Standing l-r Vice Chair Russell, Michael Turner, Member, National Board of Directors, MI. (Seated l-r, Raoul Cunningham, President, KY, Teresa Haley, President, IL, Owens Brown, President, WV, Estrella Simpkins, Secretary, MI, Attorney Barbara Bolling, President, IN,  Sybil McNabb, President, OH, Yvonne White, President, MI, Frank Humphrey, President, WI.

Derrick Johnson, Elected

Vice Chairman, National

Board of Directors, 

NAACP Feb. 18, 2017

Roslyn M. Brock, voted

Chairman Emeritus,

National Board of Directors, 

NAACP Feb. 18, 2017

Roslyn M. Brock speaks to NAACP delegates at NAACP 107th Annual Convention, Cincinnati, OH. 



For more than a century the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Inspired by the force and commitment of The Call of 1909, which denounced the growing oppression of people of color and mobilized thousands to work to bring this discrimination to an end, the NAACP seeks to establish a strategic direction as it embarks on developing The New Call for the 21st Century.

In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century.

The six NAACP Game Changers below address the major areas of inequality facing African Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.  


#Restore the Voting Rights Act!

Marchers cross Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, AL March 7, 2015. President Barack Obama and family were joined by Cornell William Brooks, President & CEO NAACP and Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, National Board of Directors, NAACP.  They commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights march in Selma, in the wake of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, and increased voter suppression laws.

The right to vote is one of the most valuable, and many would argue even sacred constitutional rights granted to most Americans. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) was enacted to insure that those Constitution 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, no one, including federal, state or local government may in any way impede people from registering to vote or voting because of their race or ethnicity. Most provisions in the VRA, and specifically the portions that guarantee that no one may be denied the right to vote because of his or her race or color, are permanent.

We must tell Congress – both the House and the Senate – that the time to act is now! We must not delay and allow one more American to face unnecessary, unconstitutional, and undemocratic obstacles as they try to vote.  Please see the attached Issue Alert for details.


The NAACP Washington Bureau has produced an annual Civil Rights Legislative Report Card since 1914. This resource is designed to provide NAACP members with insight into the general voting patterns of their congressional representatives over the course of the year. The NAACP Civil Rights Legislative Report Card demonstrates how every Member of Congress voted on the bread and butter civil rights issues and priorities important to the NAACP.

114th Congress (2015-2016)  (.pdf)

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Our Mission

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.

Vision Statement
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.


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Dr. Jerome Reide, Regional Field Director

NAACP Midwest Regional Office





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