Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Two Longview Women Selected as Unity Honorees

Two women will be honored next month for their work connecting people who may never have crossed paths.

Alyce Maxey and Lyndell McAllister have been selected as the honorees for the 2014 Unity Honors luncheon, which for 10 years has honored Longview residents who “help lead social justice and equality matters including enhancing race relations efforts in the city.”

“No one in their right mind volunteers unless they have the desire to make life better for someone else,” said Maxey, a 77-year-old Henderson native who serves at the Kilgore Crisis Center, the Wesley Foundation, Hope Haven Home for Women, Newgate Mission and the Gregg County Historical Museum.

Maxey said she didn’t expect the honor for the work she has done.

“I do absolutely nothing for those reasons,” she added.

She graduated from St. Phillips College in San Antonio with a degree in education and moved to Longview in 1952. Maxey and her husband Lesley have one son, Greg. Maxey has worked for Longview ISD, Gregg County and served as the first court clerk in Easton.

For 25 years, she and her husband worked at their family-owned business, Tip Top Cleaners in South Longview.

“Mrs. Maxey is one of the most humble people I have had the pleasure of meeting,” said Keeta King, the city of Longview liaison to the Unity and Diversity Committee, which hosts the event. “She just likes to do what she does, and she doesn’t care who gets the credit. She has an uncanny knack for bringing people from diverse backgrounds and lives together.”

The second honoree, McAllister, is a social worker who became a contract worker with the city of Longview in 1992 and helped guide a community coalition to address the issues of alcohol and other drug abuse with the Longview Drug Task Force, now known as Partners in Prevention.

She helped create Bridges Out of Poverty, a project aimed to help children and families break free of poverty, and has served on the East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Parenting Resource Center of East Texas, Zonta Club, Pine Tree Education Foundation and the Junior League of Longview.

“It’s a huge honor; a very humbling honor,” McAllister said. “I think what I know is not from me personally, but what I have learned is from all those people who have taught me along the way.”

Monday, December 2, 2013

December: Annual Meeting Dinner

December Meeting Update
Thursday, Dec. 19th
Time - 6:00pm
Location - Hajalmer's Seafood and Steakhouse*
607 N. Access Rd. Longview, TX

The December meeting will be held at Hajalmer's Seafood and Steakhouse and will serve as our annual meeting. 

This will be our chance to 
  • Vote for the National Board Members, 
  • Get to know each other better, 
  • Mix and Mingle, 
  • Enjoy some delicious food, and 
  • Get ready for the New Year.
Guests are welcome however there meal will be $10 from the special menu or they may choose any other item at cost. All members will have their meal (Choice of Chicken Fried Steak or Fried Catfish) covered by the Unit.

If you would like to donate you are more than welcome to do so. You may also order any of the wonderful items of your choice from the menu on your own. Concessions have been made for those with special dietary needs. You are not obligated to eat if you choose not to do so. Dress attire is business casual.

*Byron Rettig has turned a love of cooking into a new restaurant venture in Longview. Hajalmer’s Seafood and Steak is open at 607 N. Access Road, at the Estes Parkway exit on Interstate 20. The restaurant carries Rettig’s middle name.

Rettig is a safety and environmental consultant who said he would cook for hundreds of people at a time where he worked. He likes to cook Cajun-style seafood, but not as spicy as it would be in Louisiana.

Now, he has other cooks who work under him, serving his recipes from a menu that includes rib-eye and New York Strip steaks as well as deep fried ribs.

“I’ve liked to cook, and that spot came open,” Rettig said of his Interstate 20 location. “I thought it was a good opportunity to try it.”

Hajalmer’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Affordable Care Act Meeting Scheduled Dec. 11th

Affordable Care Act
Red Oak Baptist Church 2717 MLK Blvd.
December 11, 2013
6:30 p.m.

Hosted by OFA. This is an important, informative event where you will learn about what is in the Affordable Care Act and how to talk to your friends, family, and other members of the East Texas Community about the Affordable Care Act. These efforts will allow us to enroll more people in the health care exchanges and help people get the health care coverage that they need.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

World AIDS Day

December 1, 2013
6 p.m.
New Jerusalem Baptist Church 918 MLK Blvd.

Every 1st of December a day of remembrance and awareness is held around the world centralized around AIDS and HIV. The NAACP Longview, along with Special Health Resources for Texas, and El Paisanos Of East Texas have planned this evening to reflect on the effects of this pandemic on the minority community, how the stigma of this health issue continues, and where we can go from here. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant of South Africa and the Social Work Department Head at Stephen F. Austin State University. Light a candle during the vigil for your loved ones who have succumbed to the disease. This will be the only event of its kind in our area. Join us.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hospital Tragedy Grips Community

Our hearts and prayer go out to all involved in the Good Shepherd incident. Are mental health , violence, and poverty taken seriously in Gregg County?

Good Shepherd Medical Center Tragedy, Tuesday, Nov. 26

Membership Drive

The member that recruits the most memberships from November 21 through December 19 during our regular meeting date will receive a $50 gift card. We are seeking renewals, youth, lifetime, and new members!

Friday, November 1, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: City of Longview Pedestrian Transit Access Plan


and TELL US where improvements should go

City of Longview
Pedestrian Transit Access Plan

We want your input on future infrastructure projects that would 
improve your access toTransit Routes 2, 3, and 6.

Come Shape the Future Longview Transit

Thursday, November 7
4:00—6:00 p.m.

City of Longview Public Library
222 W. Cotton St.
Longview, TX 75601

*Free One-Day Transit Pass will be given to the first 20 attendees

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Life in Longview: After Trayvon Presentation Nov. 2nd

Tuesdays Oct. 22-Nov. 26: "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"

Be sure to watch, or set your television recorder for this series, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross."

Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, premiering Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS. 

Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. 

Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present.

Check the local listings for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on the broadcast schedule.

About the Series:  Information about the PBS series written and presented noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Read more here:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Coming to a church near you.

If your church is open to giving back to the organization that has done more to change this country for the betterment of more people of color, women and the disenfranchised than any other in American history, feel free to invite us out to host a membership drive at your house of worship.

Since January 2013, the Longview NAACP has began making its resurgence. Join us as we ensure our country and our local community live up to their core principles and fulfill their promises to liberty and justice for all.
The Longview Branch in collaboration with "Be Covered Texas",
a state NAACP partner, has been actively educating the public about the new healthcare law that aims to expand health insurance coverage with more benefits for more people and more affordable coverage for many.Contact the Health Chair for more info.

Learn More

176 Days Left to Enroll
January 1 - Coverage Can Begin
March 1 - Open Enrollment Closes

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

77th Annual Texas State Conference

The Texas NAACP State Convention is this month. Two members will present during the breakout sessions, one of us will receive the Torchbearer award: Dr. Robert L. Harper, and 6 of us will be delegates voting for new State Officers.

Please consider joining us next weekend, even if only for a day or two; the minimum cost of registration is $10 without meals.


Public Hearing on Voter Irregularities
Learning to Navigate Federal Agencies (DOJ, EEOC, etc.)
Recent Developments in Texas Law
Winning the Battle Against Voter ID
Labor Workshop
Education Workshop
Affordable Healthcare Update
Veterans Affairs


State NAACP President Gary Bledsoe
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-TX 30th Congressional District
Congressman Marc Veasey, D-TX, 33rd Congressional District
State Senator Royce West, D-TX Senate District 23

Please click on the link below to reserve your bike and helmet if you  plan to enjoy some exercise activities.

For an agenda of adult and youth activities for the conference, as well as the Hotel registration form, contact Branden Johnson,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Healthy Woman Event

The Health Care Law 101

You are invited to a Webinar:
The Health Care Law 101

September 24 at 8:30 pm ET
(7:30 pm CT, 6:30 pm MT, 5:30 pm PT)
Read more-click here.

Webinar: The Health Care Law 101

You are invited to a Webinar on

September 24 at 8:30 pm ET
(7:30 pm CT, 6:30 pm MT, 5:30 pm PT)

You are invited to a presentation on the main provisions of the health care law (the Affordable Care Act), how to enroll in health insurance coverage and how to access care in your community. Topics include the Health Insurance Marketplace, key dates, resources and how to receive updates on implementation of the law. A brief question and answer session will provide answers to commonly asked questions. Additionally, the American Public Health Association (APHA) will make a presentation on the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Initiative. APHA will provide an overview of CTG and present examples of successful faith-based partnerships. Please send any questions to before September 24th at 12N ET

To participate in the webinar, please click on the title of the webinar or click here: and fill out the registration form. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar.

Please contact the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (the Partnership Center) at if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law. The webinar will be one hour and a half.

Note that the first 1,000 people who join the webinar are able to attend. If there is significant interest in a webinar, we will schedule another session soon. If possible, please use your computer speakers to listen to the audio portion of the webinar.

We hope that you can join us to learn about enrollment in health insurance, access to health care in our communities and opportunities to build faith-based partnerships on September 24.

Sponsored by HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and 
The NAACP National Health Department

Monday, September 16, 2013

Third Thursday Meeting-September 2013

During our Third Thursday Meeting on 9-19-13 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Downtown Meeting Place at 314 E. Cotton St. Longview, TX.

James Brewer one of the Assistant Superintendents and Principal in the Longview ISD will be presenting on school discipline. Please plan to attend so that we can continue to provide awareness, and encouragement to you that reside in our community. This will be an Educational Committee presentation.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Longview church with civil rights history receives state historical marker

Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 4:00 am
By Angela Ward

The Rev. H.C. Rockmore Sr., pastor of Red Oak Baptist Church, praised Jerusalem Baptist for its leadership in the civil rights movement.

“The Longview branch of the NAACP is Jerusalem Baptist Church,” Rockmore said.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Texas NAACP Conference 2012

The 76th Annual Conference will be held at the OMNI Bayfront Hotel in Corpus Christi, TX 900 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78401 from October 11th through October 13th.


$119.00 per Night

Space is limited and subject to availability…make your reservations NOW!
Call the hotel at 800-843-6664, or online and reference code #14500811195

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Education: Four Little Girls Anniversary Program

Four Little Girls: An anniversary program
Sept. 15, 2013
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Longview Public Library

This is the presentation, from Sept. 15, 2013, about the 4 Little Girls Anniversary Program.

Monthly Meeting: September 2013

Longview NAACP Monthly Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Downtown Meeting Place
314 E. Cotton

Detention, Suspension, Expulsion and theImplementation of the New Electronic Record Keeping System at LISD 

SPEAKER: Mr. James Brewer, Principal, Longview High School

James Brewer will share with parents information about what leads up to each, what happens with each, what parents can do to prevent each and what measures they can take should their child experience detention, suspension and/or expulsion. He will also share the new electronic form of tracking behavior in the Longview High School.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Quarterly Meeting of the State Conference

The State has finalized all the details for the upcoming quarterly meeting of the State Conference in Tyler, TX on Aug. 11th at 10AM. The meetings typically last 4 -5 hours. Please join me there. You can learn alot about what is going on during these meetings. The meeting location is the

Glass Recreation Center (see attached)

501 W. 32nd St., Tyler, TX
Phone: (903) 595-7271

A box lunch of a sandwich (Turkey, roast beef or ham) with chips, cookie and soda will be catered for the meeting at a cost of $5.75.

The Staybridge hotel has provided us a promotional rate for those wishing to stay overnight.

Queen Studios: $77

1 Bedroom King Suites: $93

1 Bedroom Double Queen Suite: $109

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Suites: $149

please reference the Texas NAACP to receive the rates. Dates for rates are 8/10 & 11, 2012.

The Staybridge address is

2759 McDonald Rd. Tyler, TX 75701

903 566 1100

Tyler NAACP Banquet

Tyler NAACP Banquet

The annual Tyler NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held Saturday, August 11, at 6:00 p.m., at Marvin United Methodist Church.

Banquet Speaker is Hon. Gary Bledsoe, Texas Conference President. Entertainment by the North Star Baptist Church Male Choir and Mr. Willie Bailey.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 6 PM

Marvin United Methodist Church

Family Ministry Center

300 W. Erwin Street, Tyler, TX 75702

Tickets: $30.00

Tickets are available at Beauty Break (903-595-1734) or the NAACP office (903-531-0071).

Friday, August 2, 2013

Longview NAACP targets neighborhood watch training as part of national initiative

Longview NAACP targets neighborhood watch training as part of national initiative
Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
By Richard Yeakley

Spurred by the February 2012 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, the NAACP announced a sweeping initiative this week to to help prevent similar incidents.  Nationally, the civil rights organization announced it will work to end stand your ground laws and to require across-the-board training on the dangers of racial profiling.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fight for Freedom Fund Gala

Fight for Freedom Fund Gala

July 27, 2013 at 5:30pm

First Methodist Faith Center Downtown

Tickets are $30
Deadline is approaching to purchase tickets.
For additional information, please call the Unit office (430) 558-8142.

Freedom Fund Gala 2013: Pulling Together The Time is Now

Freedom Fund Gala
Saturday, July 27, 2013
5:30-7:00 pm
First United Methodist Church Faith Center
400 N. Fredonia Street
Longview, TX 75601

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 2012 Meeting

Our monthly meeting is July 19, 2012

5:30 pm for Executive Committee and
6:30 pm for members at large.
Red Oak Baptist Church, enter from the door at the back of the building.

We have some very important decisions concerning our Prayer Breakfast, Freedom Fund, Voter Registration Drives, the General election, Thundersoul, and I would just love to see you all. We will adjourn promptly at 7:30 pm

President Branden Johnson

Prayer Breakfast

What is the NAACP Prayer Breakfast? The Prayer Breakfast brings people from public and private life together to celebrate our common spirituality and build bridges through a message of love, prayer and worship. The event is coordinated by the local Unit.

Who attends the breakfast? Participants can be everyday citizens, spiritual leaders, elected officials, members of the judiciary, peace officers, county officials, as well as business leaders. In addition, we encourage all attendees to bring a younger family member or younger business colleague, in order to perpetuate and grow our community of faith.

How can you help? Because the breakfast is meant to be a grassroots community event — the price of individual tickets is just $10, so that all may participate — individual ticket sales only cover part of the cost. Memberships are critical to the event’s success. Please consider supporting the NAACP nationally and locally by becoming a subscribing life member, a renewing member or purchasing a membership for your child.

We truly hope that you and your family will join us :
Saturday, August 4, 2012

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Divine Catering Restaurant, 1310 S. Mobberly Ave. Longview, TX 75602.
To purchase tickets please contact

Branden Johnson, President of Longview NAACP
Let's unite to share our faith and show the world the joy of living in a faith-based community. This year, a host of Clergy and Layperson’s will pray for our community. Prayers for Unity, Hope, Faith, the Lost, & Strength will be at the core of the breakfast. For More information on the prayer breakfast, call or email to the information below:
Longview NAACP Unit #6197

PO Box 8862 Longview, TX 75607


Monday, July 1, 2013

NAACP Annual Convention

2012 Annual Convention
July 7 – 12, 2012, Houston, Texas
NAACP: Your Power, Your Decision- VOTE

contact the Events Planning Department at 410-580-5782.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Freedom Fund Banquet

Freedom Fund Banquet

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Freedom Fund Banquet
This event is a celebration of the legacy which has brought the most oppressed to the most blessed throughout our countries history. Join us during the 104th year of our existence as we will have a special guest speaker and will also recognize successful people from the Longview Area. Our major fundraising effort of the year, we plan to give our supporters a night to remember.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

News from Garland TX NAACP

In less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court's egregious ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott started implementing a strict new voter ID law in our state.

And he's pushing through the patently discriminatory Texas redistricting plan, too.

It's time to be vocal. Let Attorney General Abbott know what you think of his plans to disenfranchise Texas voters by sending him one (or all) of these tweets:

@GregAbbott_TX Stop your blatant attempts to discriminate at the polls. #ThisIsMyVote and I won't give it up.

We should be making it easier to vote in Texas, not harder. @GregAbbott_TX #ThisIsMyVote

@GregAbbott_TX The voter ID law puts "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor," as Bull Connor did 50 years ago. #ThisIsMyVote

A clear direction has been set by Attorney General Abbott's office:

A federal court originally struck down the Texas voter ID law because it would hurt turnout among minority voters and impose "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor."

And the redistricting plan? According to a separate federal court, there was "more evidence of discriminatory intent [in the plan] than we have space, or need, to address."

We have a choice in Texas, Texas Youth & College. We either sit idly by while Attorney General Abbott destroys voting rights for communities of color and the poor, or we start fighting back against him right now.

Tweet @GregAbbott_TX and tell him to stop his assault on voting rights:

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Election Identification Certificates

View original article here from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Election Identification Certificates Available starating June 26th

AUSTIN – Pursuant to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued today, new voting requirements passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 will take effect immediately. Photo identification will now be required when voting in elections in Texas.

On June 26, 2013, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin issuing Election Identification Certificates (EIC) to individuals who do not already have an acceptable form of photo identification (ID) to present when voting. Applications for the EIC will be accepted at DPS driver license offices across Texas.

If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are not eligible to receive an EIC:

  • Texas driver license – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • Texas personal identification card – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. passport book or card – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • Texas concealed handgun license – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. Military identification with photo – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo
To qualify for an EIC, applicants must be:
  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A Texas resident;
  • Eligible to vote in Texas (show a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application when applyingfor the EIC); and
  • 17 years and 10 months or older.
Beginning June 26, individuals may apply for an EIC by visiting a Texas driver license office and completing an EIC application (DL-14C). Applicants must also bring documentation to the office to verify U.S. citizenship and identity.

The EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.

The EIC is free of charge to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. There is no expiration date of an EIC for citizens 70 years of age or older.

The EIC can only be used for the purpose of voting in an election and may not be used as personal identification.

Residents with a documented disability may apply at their county voter registrarfor a permanent exemption from the photo ID requirement. If approved, they will not need a photo ID to vote. Also, if individuals are voting by mail, they do not have to submit a photo ID.

For more information on the requirements, exemptions and process for obtaining an EIC, please visit:

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebrationposted Jun 30, 2012, 5:04 PM by Branden Johnson

Saturday June 16, 2012
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The parade begins at Interstate 20 and travels north on Martin Luther King Blvd to El Paso St. at Broughton Recreation center. The booths will open after the parade and stay open until 7:00 p.m. We will be participating in the parade and having a booth during the day at the park.

7:00 PM - Midnight

Juneteenth Party

Held at the Ramada Inn on McCann
This party is organized by local business owners and invites all to come and enjoy the live band, refreshments, and more. We will be recoginzed as a local entity helping to bridge the gap. There is a small cover charge to enter the event.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Longview crowd honors civil rights leader Medgar Evers on 50th anniversary of assassination

By Richard Yeakley

PHOTO by Michael Cavazos, LNJ
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More than 100 people honored one of the civil rights movement’s heroes Wednesday near the steps of the Gregg County Courthouse.

The ceremony was held to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, a black civil rights activist who was at the forefront of the fight to desegregate Mississippi schools.

Evers was shot in the back June 12, 1963, outside his home in Jackson, Miss.

Wednesday’s ceremony was one of countless gatherings across the nation to commemorate Evers’ sacrifice and resolve in a continued fight for equality.

“I would just like to say, that although we have come a long way, we still have a long way to go,” said Ernie Smith, who along with his wife, Faye, said they remembered reading and hearing about Evers’ death.

Evers, an early leader in the civil rights movement, fought the University of Mississippi Law School to desegregate after his application to the school was rejected.

He was prominent in voting drives for Mississippi’s black residents.

Evers was shot to death in his driveway, and his death has been credited for helping spur the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Branden Johnson, president of the Longview Chapter of the NAACP, which sponsored the event, told the gathered crowd about the goals of the organization, to which Evers belonged, and how the NAACP continues to fight for what Evers died for.

“What we want to do at the NAACP .. we want to make it clear that any blood that has been shed, and any injustice has been done will not go away until we get the stain out,” Johnson said.

The ceremony included the reading of poems and historical writings about Evers as well as a selection of his quotes.

“ ‘Let men of good will and understanding change the old order, for this is a new day,’ ” read Victoria Wilson.

“ ‘Hate is a wasteful emotion; most of the people you hate don’t know you hate them, and the rest don’t care,’ ” read Sophia Brewer.

Mandel Stoker repeated Evers’ words from a national broadcast in 1963, saying “’ In the racial picture things will never be as they once were. History has reached a turning point, here and over the world.’ ”

Stoker said it is important people remember the sacrifice.

Johnson mirrored the message, calling every child in attendance, including about a dozen from a summer day camp, to come to the stage as he praised the hope for the future.

Vik Verma, a leader in the Longview chapter of the NAACP, encouraged all in attendance to join with the group in continuation of Evers’ work.

“People can and do make a difference. We achieve maximum success when we have an entire community involved. Our strength is in numbers, and it starts with you,” Verma said.

About Medgar Evers

Civil rights activist Medgar Everswas a civil rights activist assassinated in 1963 in Jackson, Miss.

A World War II veteran and a graduate of Alcorn College, In 1952, Ever began working in 1952 for the NAACP in Jackson, Miss. From his home in Jackson, Evers travelled Mississippi to encourage voter registration and working to enforce federally-mandated integration laws. On June 12, 1963, hours after President John F. Kennedy gave a televised speech condemning segregation, Evers was shot in the back and killed by a high-powered rifle after returning home. He crawled to the house and collapsed in front of his wife and three children; he died an hour later.

The rifle found at the scene belonged to Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the all-white Citizens' Council, a statewide group opposed to racial integratio. Beckwith was tried twice, but both trials ended with a hung jury, and he was released. Almost 30 years later, thanks to the persistence of Evers's widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, the case was reopened, and Beckwith was tried and convicted in 1994 (the conviction was upheld by the state supreme court in 1997).


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Meeting: Your Health

This is a reminder for our meeting next Tuesday, May 14th, at 6:00 pm at Wellness Pointe, 1107 E. Marshall Avenue (in front of Super One) in the 1205B board room.

Proposed Agenda
  • Review minutes
  • Old Business
  • Grant status
  • Medicaid Expansion update
  • New Business
  • NAACP Childhood Obesity Campaign
  • Other new business
  • Affordable Care Act Webinar

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May 2013 Meeting


Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6:30 pm
314 E. Cotton Street, 75602,
Downtown Meeting Place (DTMP), which is just one block east of Green St. and directly across from Johnny's Custom Hatters.

Education in Texas with speakers:
Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent of Pine Tree ISD
Terre Dunn, School Board President, PTISD


Funding Public Schools in Texas
The Texas Legislature & Texas Lawsuit
A New Vision for Public Schools
Community Ties

Monday, April 29, 2013

NAACP Voices Opposition to City Proposals to Change Charter

Longview News Journal - Click here for full story.
From Staff Reports

Gregg County election workers began installing voting booths across the county Friday, readying for the opening of early voting Monday for the May 11 general election.

Voters will let their voices be heard on an array of municipal issues from bond elections, charter changes and legalizing alcohol sales to selecting mayors and school board trustees.

Longview voters will decide on two propositions to change the city charter — one to increase residency requirements from six months to one year for a candidate to file for office.

The other proposition proposes to charge a $100 filing fee to run for office or 25 signatures on a petition. While the NAACP has voiced opposition to both proposals, a majority of City Council members and the mayor have said they believe serious candidates will be able to muster the money or the signatures. Council members Richard Manley and Kasha Williams voted against calling the charter elections.

The issue most likely to pull the largest number of voters to the polls is a proposition to legalize the sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption citywide.

Longview’s Proposition 1 would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption in all areas of Longview.

Central, South and East Longview allow the sale of alcoholic beverages, while the rest of the city is dry.

Members of Longview United for Growth, the group that gathered signatures to call the election, call their proposal going “damp” since it would not allow the sale of liquor citywide.

While there has been no organized opposition to the proposition, a similar effort in 2007 was narrowly rejected by Longview voters. The 2007 election pulled 15 percent voter turnout — compared to 5 percent voter turnout in the 2012 election.

See also Article: Longview Voters, April 25th

Friday, April 26, 2013

Education Summit

Education Summit
Saturday, May 4th
9am - 4pm
Temple College Pavilion
2600 South 1st Street
Temple, TX 76504


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Texas State Conference of NAACP Units Quarterly Meeting

Meeting Information

Texas State Conference of NAACP Units Quarterly Meeting
Saturday June 8, 2013, 10:00 AM
The Historical South Union Missionary Church
807 S Dorrance St. (South End Area)
Palestine, Texas 75801
Dwayne Moffitt Jr, Pastor
(903) 723-7294

Lunch will be available for $10.00 per person
Hotel Information
Due to June 8, 2013 being graduation weekend for the Palestine Area the hotel space is very limited. I have blocked off 13 King size room @ $87.99 plus tax per night and 4 Handicapped accessible rooms @ $87.99 plus tax per night. I will know the second week in May if there will be and Double room available. At that time you will be able to make changes to your reservations. Each room comes with a pullout couch, mini refrigerator, and microwave. Continental breakfast is included. Please contact the hotel directly in order to secure a room at the discount rate. All reservations must be secured with a credit/debit card during the initial reservation setup. May 17, 2013 is the cut-off date for the rates.

Comfort Suites
301 Willow Creek Pkwy
Palestine, Texas 75801
(903) 723-0284

Discount Code: NAACP Quarterly Session
Janice Hall- Branch Treasurer
(903) 922-1047
For additional information contact:
Kenneth Davidson (903) 394-8063 Branch President
Edwina Miller (903) 391-1381 Branch Executive Committee

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bill on Racial Testimony Reviewed in Austin

Posted in Longview News Journal - Click here for full story.

AUSTIN (AP) — Rallying around the case of a black man sentenced to death on racially charged testimony, opponents of capital punishment asked state lawmakers Tuesday to create a new avenue of appeal for death row inmates in Texas.

But despite national attention to the case, including support from a surviving victim, a lawyer who worked for the prosecution and a former governor, several members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee called the proposal unnecessary.

Under House Bill 2458, convicted murderers could challenge their sentences by proving that race played a significant role in the decision to seek or impose the death penalty. While statistical evidence of a district attorney’s record on seeking the death penalty could be offered, other evidence particular to the case would be required. To qualify for a hearing, defendants would have to accept an alternate sentence of life without parole. Kentucky and North Carolina have enacted similar laws.

Of the 304 inmates on death row in Texas last year, according to the most recent count by the Death Penalty Information Center, 122 were black, 89 were white and 89 were Latino.

“We know,” said Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, “that blacks and Hispanics are overrepresented in Texas on death row.”

At the hearing Tuesday, Rep. Steve Toth, a Republican from the Woodlands, expressed a lack of familiarity with the case. He called the use of race as a factor “shocking.”

Yannis Banks, a spokesman for the state chapter of the NAACP, offered statistics dating from the 19th century to the present day.

“Race continues to play an undeniable role in Texas’ use of the death penalty,” he testified.

Volunteer of the Year: Melba Smith

Longview News Journal 
Article by Angela Ward

Longview NAACP Super Hero for 2013
Melba Smith, Secretary 
Longview honored its own brand of superheroes Tuesday at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Longview Nonprofit Coalition.

Superheroes were the theme for this year’s event at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.

“With movies like ‘The Avengers’ and others based on comic books being big hits at the theaters, superheroes just seemed like a good way to focus on what volunteers do for our community,” said Carol Ibarra, coalition president.

Several of the volunteers being honored played into the theme, wearing capes, masks or unbuttoning one shirt to reveal another — usually with the name of the agency they volunteer for underneath.

The average volunteer gives 50 hours per year to the agency he or she volunteers for, providing more than $700,000 worth of services to the community, Ibarra said.

Longview Councilwoman Kasha Williams said volunteers play a vital role in the community.

“Government cannot solve all of the nations problems,” Williams said. “We also need the help of dedicated, involved volunteers.”

Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt also said he knows how important volunteers are to people who need help, and said he supported the theme.

“Volunteers truly are the superheroes of our community,” Stoudt said.

The Longview Nonprofit Coalition was formed in 1995 and provides more than 50 nonprofit agencies with opportunities to network and share information.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

NAACP Protests Confederate Flag in Palestine


CLICK HERE to view video and an article by KLTV.

CLICK HERE to view published article in the Palestine Herald Press.

A new park in Palestine has created a lot of controversy and on Saturday, opposition protested its grand opening.

On Saturday morning, the Sons of Confederate Veterans hosted a parade and ceremony to officially open the "Confederate Veterans Memorial Plaza".

It is a park that only honors confederate veterans from the Civil War.

However, members of the NAACP said the Confederate flag that flies over the park is offensive.

"It's a flag that many of our ancestors fought under. It's a special flag to us because it was extremely special to them," said Doug Smith, Adjutant/Treasurer of the John H. Reagan Camp.

However, the flag that now flies high over park is offensive to others in the Palestine community. So much so, that the president of Palestine's NAACP organized a rally. People came from all over Texas to show their support.

"I don't think you have to be a part of the NAACP to find offense to that flag," said Branden Johnson, President of the Longview NAACP.

Kenneth Davidson is President of Palestine's NAACP and said the flag symbolizes, "hatred, depression, oppression, slavery, and it's nothing but division."

Click here to read view KLTV video.  /  Click here to read Palestine Herald.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Meeting 2013


Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30 pm
314 E. Cotton Street, 75602,
Downtown Meeting Place (DTMP), which is just one block east of Green St. and directly across from Johnny's Custom Hatters.

Voter Election Information with Elected Officials and Key Ballot Items.
The Longview City Council placed two city-wide elections on the May ballot.
1) To allow “beer and wine sales for off-premise consumption,” and
2) To require a $100 filing fee or 25 signatures to apply to run for office and an increased residency requirement.

Kimberly Fish, with information about the beer and wine sales for off-premise consumption.
The alcohol proposition was called after the signatures of more than 5,300 Longview voters on petitions were verified by City Secretary Shelly Ballinger. An identical proposition was defeated in 2007; however, Kimberly Fish, a spokeswoman for Longview United for Growth, the organization behind the initiative, said the dynamics of the city have changed since then, and several key opponents of the 2007 measure are no longer in the city.

Read more at Longview News Journal article- click here.

Members are invited to a reception in honor of
Tanreka Smith who became Ms. UNCF in February.
She is from Longview and is the President Elect of the Wiley NAACP.
Donavon R. Sammons, Edward Jones Financial Advisor
View Bio of Donavon Sammons
View outline of presentation
Donavon Sammons
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones Investments
3530 Forest Lane Suite 140
Dallas,TX 75234-7978

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Palestine Anti-Confederate Memorial Rally

The Palestine Unit of the NAACP has activated the State Conference to hold a peaceful Rally and March to protest the Sons of Confederate Veterans Monument/Memorial unveiling.

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
9 am on Spring St. at the Palestine Information Center, Palestine, TX.This monument directly links Palestine back to our painful past. The site for this unveiling of the monument/memorial is on a plot where blacks were once hung from a tree. To this day that tree remains standing. Join us as we travel to Palestine to promote love and peace.

A group from Longview will leave together at 7:30 am. Saturday, April 13, 2013, in order to be there by 9:00 am. Call President of the Longview Unit with any questions.

To better understand why we join this cause...READ THE CONFEDERATE DECLARATION.

Click here to Read / View the news report about this event.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Financial Freedom Month

The NAACP Economic Department is hosting a multi-media contest to encourage units and state conferences who participate to create a short multi-media presentation to display how you celebrated Financial Freedom Month. We are awarding $500 to the unit who wins 1st prize winner; $300 to the 2nd prize winner and $200 to the 3rd prize winner.

We welcome all NAACP Units to participate in NAACP Financial Freedom Month and we are asking you to host one of the following events/programs:

Palestine Anti-Confederate Memorial Rally

The Palestine Unit of the NAACP has activated the State Conference to hold a peaceful Rally and March to protest the Sons of Confederate Veterans Monument/Memorial unveiling. 

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
9 am on Spring St. at the Palestine Information Center, Palestine, TX.

This monument directly links Palestine back to our painful past. The site for this unveiling of the monument/memorial is on a plot where blacks were once hung from a tree. To this day that tree remains standing. Join us as we travel to Palestine to promote love and peace. 

A group from Longview will leave together at 7:30 am. Saturday, April 13, 2013, in order to be there by 9:00 am. Call President of the Longview Unit with any questions.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March 2013 Meeting


March 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
314 E. Cotton Street, 75602,
Downtown Meeting Place (DTMP), which is just one block east of Green St. and directly across from Johnny's Custom Hatters.

Tammy Prater, Executive Director of East Texas Piney Woods Chapter of the Red Cross

View a Bio of Tammy Prater

Tammy Prater│ Executive Director East Texas Piney Woods Chapter Red Cross
Longview & Smith County Chapter / Tyler
Office: (903) 753-2091 (L) (903) 581-7981 (T) Cell: (903) |

Donavon R. Sammons, Edward Jones Financial Advisor
View Bio of Donavon Sammons
View outline of presentation
Donavon Sammons
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones Investments
3530 Forest Lane Suite 140
Dallas,TX 75234-7978

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Texas Public School Advocacy Links & News Sources

Texas ISD.Com

Texas Legislature

Texas Governor's Web Site

Texas Education Agency Legal Services

Texas Tribune

Raise Your Hand Texas

Texas Kids Can’t Wait

TASA Legislative Update


Testing Crisis in Public Education

Important News Regarding Education:

Bush’s ‘Texas Miracle’ debunked, Lone Star State sparks anti-testing revolution

byJason Stanford, @JasStanford

View article at msnbc news page

There’s a reason hundreds of parents and kids held a protest outside the New York City
headquarters of the standardized testing company Pearson last year, and it wasn’t just because of the infamous “Pineapple” test question.

There’s a reason that a Florida school board member with a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees made national news when he flunked his state’s 10th-grade math test. There’s a reason teachers in Seattle are refusing to administer the Washington state standardized test. Something is very amiss when standardized tests fail to make the grade, and as much as I’d love to, I can’t blame it on what George W. Bush did as president.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Fire and Fall Prevention

Longview Fire Department is offering a FREE two (2) hour Course
Fire & Fall Prevention for Older Adults. 

Class will be held on April 3, 2013 @ 9 am 

Community Connection (501 Pine Tree Road) 

TO ENROLL: Please call Iesha 


Transportation provided for 

citizens with a week’s notice.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Dentistry From The Heart

Smith Dental Care is a participating practice in Dentistry From The Heart. Along with several volunteers, Smith Dental provided over $80,000 in free dental care last year. This event is held once a year, this year on Saturday, February the 9th, 2013.

Dentistry From the Heart is an annual event that dentists from all over the country participate in to bring dental care to those in need. This will be Smith Dental Care's 9th Annual Event. Help us make this the most successful year ever!

Smith Dental Care 5400 New Copeland Road Tyler, TX 75703

One day only Saturday, February 9, 2013 Registration begins at 5:30 AM

Please arrive early for registration as an overwhelming response is anticipated. Please do not call for an appointment as we can only treat individuals on a first come first serve basis.  Limited to fillings, cleanings, and extractions only.

Participating Dentists:
Dr. Roy R. Smith, DDS
Dr. Lynette Ogletree, DDS
Dr. Joe Smith, DDS
Dr. Aaron Douglas, DDS
Dr. Ron Morlock, DDS
Dr. Buddy Furqueron, DDS
Dr. Brian Jackson, DDS
Dr. Brent Jackson, DDS

Dentistry From the Heart event WILL NOT provide treatment for the following:
no root canals, no crowns, no dentures, no partials, no patients who are pregnant, no patients who are phobic, no patients on blood thinners and no patients with uncontrolled blood pressure.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Public Service Focus of Black History Exhibit at Gregg County museum

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013

By Richard Yeakley

photo by Les Hassell, LNJ
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It was standing room only Friday night inside the Gregg County Historical Museum for the debut of the “Black History: African Americans in Public Service” exhibit, which honors black East Texans who played a significant role in defining the region.

“Most people are probably not as aware of black Longview history as they should be. That rich heritage, going from slave to freedmen and then early leaders who now have helped lead the community should be remembered,” said Executive Director Bill Hansen.

Hansen and Alyce Maxey led the reception, which took place in front of the exhibit.

The reception included readings, speeches and traditional music as the crowd filled the lower exhibit room of the museum to capacity.

Longview Councilwoman Kasha Williams spoke about the importance of black history.

“We can’t learn to love one another as we should or as the word of God commands us to if we don’t take the time to understand one another,” Williams said.

The exhibit displayed the photographs and biographies of black East Texans in public service.

Odessa Burton, whose son and husband appear in the exhibit, said she was delighted her family members were honored by the museum.

“It is a real, real nice thing. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything,” Burton said.

Each year, the museum focuses on a different theme. In 2012, the theme was “Black History: Then and Now.”

Black history month has been held since 1976 in February and is a time set apart by the federal government to remember the impact of black leaders on American history.

The exhibit will remain open to the public through February.

If you go
What: “Black History: African Americans in Public Service” exhibit
When: Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through March 2
Where: Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 N. Fredonia St., Longview
Cost: $2; admission for seniors and children is $1.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gregg County Black History Program 2-1-13

When: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6 pm
Where: Gregg County Historical Museum in downtown Longview, 214 North Fredonia Street
Theme: African Americans in Public Services

The Gregg County Historical Museum is proud to present for Black History Month; an exhibit called "African Americans in Public Services" The Black History Month exhibit will highlight the men of women of Gregg County who served as firefighters, law enforcement and in other public service positions. The exhibit will show current employees in the public sector and also show the changes which have occured since African Americans were first allowed to be hired into these positions. Vistors to the Gregg County Historical Museum will be able to learn the rich history Of African Americans who served in the Public Sector through photos, archives, and biographical information.

This exhibit runs February 1st to the 28th and is free to the public.

Longview Unity Honors 1-31-13

Location: Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, 100 Grand Blvd.
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013

The purpose of the Unity Honors are to credit individuals in the Longview community who have stood against prejudice and mistrust and who have demonstrated leadership in promoting racial harmony and understanding.

The honorees this year are Andrea Mayo and Cissy Ward. Honorable Mentions will go to Super 1 Foods and NAACP President Branden D. Johnson.

Unity Honors Luncheon tickets are $10 and are available through January 23, 2013. Tickets may be purchased at Partners in Prevention, 140 E. Tyler St, #400; Broughton Recreation Center, 801 MLK Blvd.; Barron’s Bookstore, 405 W. Loop 281, Pine Tree Administration Office, 1701 Pine Tree Road; Longview ISD Administration Office, 1301 E. Young St; and Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steak House, 1501 E. Marshall Avenue. Tables can be purchased for $100 by calling the Partners In Prevention Office. No tickets will be available on the day of the luncheon. Lunch will be catered by Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Anissa Centers will emcee the luncheon.

For more information contact Partners in Prevention a 903-237-1019.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Unity Honorees Selected for 2013

Unity Honors Recipients: Andrea Mayo and Cissy Ward 
Individual Award:  Branden Johnson
Business Service Recognition:  Super 1 Foods

(Longview, TX) The City of Longview Partners in Prevention’s Unity and Diversity Committee has announced Andrea Mayo and Cissy Ward as the 2013 Unity Honors recipients. The Unity Honors Luncheon honors persons who have been leaders in the pursuit of racial equality and have helped improve race relations in the community. The Unity Honors Luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

A Louisiana native, Andrea Mayo has provided 34 years of service to the Longview Independent School District, where she currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent. In addition, she has also served her community through active volunteering with the Zonta Club of Longview, Longview Habitat for Humanity, ARC of Gregg County, Campfire, Longview Economic Develop Corporation, East Texas Workforce, ArtsView Children’s Theatre and the Martin Luther King Celebration planning committee. She is a faithful member of the Galilee Baptist Church. She has been honored by various community organizations and groups for her work.

Cissy Ward is a lifelong Texas resident and has worked as the Coordinator of Community Services at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and as the Executive Director at East Texas Literacy Council. Ward is perhaps best known for her dedication to volunteer services in the community, as this has proven her true vocation. She served on the organizing board for: Longview Habitat for Humanity, Longview Community Ministries, Longview Women’s Commission, LISD Foundation, and East Texas Literacy Council, where she served as the first Executive Director. Ward was paramount in the organization of the Race Relations Committee (currently known as the Unity and Diversity Committee. She is a faithful member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

In addition, business service recognition awards will be presented to Super 1 Foods. An individual service recognition award will be presented to Branden Johnson.

Unity Honors Luncheon tickets are $10 and are available through January 23, 2013. Tickets may be purchased at Partners in Prevention, 140 E. Tyler St, #400; Broughton Recreation Center, 801 MLK Blvd.; Barron’s Bookstore, 405 W. Loop 281, Pine Tree Administration Office, 1701 Pine Tree Road; Longview ISD Administration Office, 1301 E. Young St; and Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steak House, 1501 E. Marshall Avenue. Tables can be purchased for $100 by calling the Partners In Prevention Office. No tickets will be available on the day of the luncheon. Lunch will be catered by Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Anissa Centers will emcee the luncheon.

The Unity and Diversity Committee (formerly known as Race Relations) was established in 1995 and is sponsored by the City of Longview Partners in Prevention. For more information, please call the Partners in Prevention office at 903-237-1019.

View a video of last year's event.
February 12, 2012

Contact: Keeta King
903-237-1255 or email

Related Content:

Unity and Diversity Committtee

Partners in Prevention

Unity Honors

Thursday, January 3, 2013

MLK City-Wide Celebration

MLK Citywide Celebration Includes Parade, Concerts, and More

News Release
Contact: Dietrich Johnson
903-237-1089 or email
January 3, 2013

MLK Citywide Celebration Includes Parade, Concerts, and More

(Longview, TX) In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The MLK Planning Committee, the City of Longview, and other community sponsors present the annual MLK Citywide Celebration with events planned leading up to Monday, January 21. Under the theme “The Dream, From the Community to the World,” several events have been planned including a banquet, essay contest, art contest, jazz concert, parade, festival, humanitarian celebration, worship service, and a memorial march.

According to Community Services Coordinator Dietrich Johnson, “As, always, the City of Longview is proud to be a part of this significant celebration. These events coming together are great examples of Dr. King’s legacy A diverse group of volunteers from throughout the community working together to make it all happen hand in hand.”

To register for the MLK Parade, please contact the Broughton Recreation Center at 903-237-1276. There is a $5.00 registration fee to participate in the parade.

Please note that City offices will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; however, the Sanitation Division will collect trash as normal.

MLK Celebration 2013 Event Schedule:
(Note: several of the events listed below are community events and not directly sponsored by the City of Longview.)

Young Dreamers Awards Banquet
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Center, 2108 Ridgewood Dr.
Tickets: $20.00 for adults, $10 for youth

MLK Jazz Concert with Dorsey Summerfield & the Polyphonics
Also featuring local High School Jazz Bands
Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Maude Cobb Activity Complex, 100 Grand Blvd.
Tickets: $10.00

MLK Parade
Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Parade will line up at intersection of MLK & Ryder Streets and end at Broughton Recreation Center. Register at Broughton Recreation Center at 801 MLK Blvd, or call 903-237-1276. $5.00 registration fee.

Community Festival
Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Broughton Recreation Center, 801 S. MLK Blvd.
Presentation of Essay and Art Contest Winners, Food, Vendors, Music, Children’s Activities.

MLK Humanitarian Awards Ceremony
Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Wesley McCabe United Methodist Church, 1115 S. Mobberly Ave.
Speaker: Dr. Mark Smith, Superintendent of Marshall ISD
Sponsored by Pan-Hellenic Council of Longview.

MLK Community Ecumenical Worship Service
Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Galilee Baptist Church, 1301 S. High Street
Speaker Reverend Tom McDaniel of Lifebridge Christian Church

Table of Brotherhood Breakfast
Monday, January 21, 2013 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse, 1501 E. Marshall Ave.

MLK March & Memorial Service
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.
From Broughton Recreation Center, 801 MLK Blvd., to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 306 S. MLK Blvd. Memorial Service to follow at 12 noon at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 306 S. MLK Blvd. Speaker: Reverend J.H. Creal Sr.