Monday, September 15, 2014

Education Update: Two Meetings Not to Miss

The Education committee of the Longview NAACP has planned two great events this month:

September 18th Unit Meeting
Jacqueline Burnett, LISD will give a 30 minute presentation on the Montessori program. Kay Ray, LISD will give a 20 minute presentation regarding the LHS College and Career Center.

September 20th Workshop
Longview NAACP will hold a free 1 hour “Be the U in Education” Workshop on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6pm at the Broughton Recreation Center, 801 Martin Luther King Blvd. This workshop will provide parents with tips and suggestions to assist them with their children’s education. Participants will choose from a variety of sessions to attend. Due to limited seating, advanced registration is requested. For more information and/or to register for the workshop, call the Unit at 430-558-0588.

The workshop will begin with an overview entitled “It Starts with U – Parents, School, Community”. 

Participants will then choose 2 of 3 sessions to attend. The sessions are: 
  • “Help from Home = Success in School" (elementary grades), 
  • “Help from Home = Success in School“ (secondary grades), and 
  • ”Be and Advocate for your Child = Success in School” (student expectations). 
Each session will be led by educators from all aspects of academia. Due to limited seating, advanced registration is requested. For more information and/or to register for the workshop, call the Unit at 430‐558‐0588. 

To register on line, click HERE - on the workshop link under the events tab on the Longview NAACP Facebook page.

For more than one hundred years the NAACP has been the leading advocate for social justice and equality for people of color, and we can proudly boast such because of our members. Since 1909, the NAACP has been supported by countless members that have led the fight for freedom, justice and equality. Members forge a better future each and every day for men, women and children. NAACP membership makes a positive difference in the lives of Americans, and provides an opportunity to become an important part of a network of hundreds of thousands of advocates across the country affectionately known as “members."

The Longview NAACP meets the third Thursday of each month at The Downtown Meeting Place at 6:30pm. The meetings are open to the public.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Action Alert: Love is Better Than Hate

A Communication from the Longview NAACP Political Action Committee:

{UPDATE:  Read Longview News Journal article, posted Aug. 27, 2014)

From October 2014 to July 2014, over 57,000 unaccompanied children, primarily from Central America have entered into the United States along the southwestern border. Faith and community based organizations are working to accommodate the needs of these children. Needless to say, the plight and circumstances of these children is difficult and heartbreaking.

One would hope that compassion would bind us all with respect to these children.

 The editor of the Texas Baptist Standard, Marv Knox, has published a compelling article about the immigrant children; take time to read about his perspective on this human tragedy.

President Obama is urging congressional leaders to act, and in a recent speech, said he is asking congress to work with him to address the urgent humanitarian challenge on the border, and support the immigration and Border Patrol agents who already apprehend and deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants every year.  Read more.

Please note the following groups are offering information on how to help:
Unfortunately, some residents here in Longview, Texas, and an organized group calling themselves, We the People Longview, who are affiliated with the Tea Party, have a different perspective about how to respond to this issue.

They do not represent a perspective that the Longview NAACP supports.  We are asking you to study this issue, and inform our elected leaders about how you feel.  You matter.  Let your voice also be heard.

A resolution from We the People Longview will go before the Gregg County Commissioners Court on September 8, 2014. 

The resolution is long, so it is posted at the end of this blog, scroll down to read the entire version from, "We The People Longview".   Their communication about this includes the following plea:
Email from We The People: 
We want a strong and loud Message sent to the Federal & State Government and the Mexican Drug Cartels, that Gregg County will not accept the financial burden as well as the health and safety burdens that come with this “man made” crisis.
The Political Action Committee of the Longview NAACP is asking members to consider action in the following ways.  Let's make action happen. Compassion matters. 

1.  Attend the Commissioner's meeting on September 8, 2014. The Gregg County Commissioners Court meets in the Commissioners Courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse located at 101 E. Methvin, Longview, Texas.  For more information about time and location, call: 903-758-6181

At the September 8 meeting, the resolution will be considered. Public comments will be allowed. We certainly encourage folks to speak out against the resolution. Each speaker must limit comments to a total of 3 minutes.  Even if you don't wish to speak, your presence alone is important. Strength in numbers will show Commissioners Court that there is strong opposition to this resolution.

2.  Share with your e-mail lists, on Facebook and Twitter, and talk to your friends and family personally.

3.  Call and/or e-mail your County Commissioner:

Ronnie L McKinney, Commissioner, Precinct 1
1179 FM 449
Longview, TX 75605
Office Hours:
6:30am - 5:00pm Monday through Thursday

Darryl Primo, Commissioner, Precinct 2
Greggton Community Building
3211-C W. Marshall
Longview, TX 75604
Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday

Gary Boyd, Commissioner, Precinct 3
6174 FM 2206
Longview, TX 75604
Office Hours:
7:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Thursday

John Mathis, Commissioner, Precinct 4
710 W. South Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 1898
Kilgore, TX 75663
Office Hours:
7:00am - 5:30pm Monday through Thursday

Resolution prepared by 
We The People Longview, in preparation for the County Commissioner's Court meeting Sept. 8, 2014:

RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_______
 On this the _____ day of ________, 2014, the Commissioners’ Court of the County of Gregg, Texas convened in a regularly scheduled meeting with the following members thereof present:
Bill Stoudt, County Judge;
Ronnie L. McKinney, Commissioner, Precinct 1;
Darryl Primo, Commissioner, Precinct 2;
Gary Boyd, Commissioner, Precinct 3;
John Mathis, Commissioner, Precinct 4; and
Connie Wade, County Clerk
When the following proceedings, among others, were had, to-wit:

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and are endowed with rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which our government has been instituted to secure; and

WHEREAS the federal government is failing to protect the borders of our country in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution; and

WHEREAS it is estimated that more than 90,000 illegal alien minors will arrive in the United States during 2014 and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors during 2015, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; and

WHEREAS Texas Governor Rick Perry has concluded, based on his oversight of executive functions in the State of Texas and his communications with federal agencies in that capacity that the federal government is operating with “ulterior motives” in a manner that is “not in the best interest of American citizens” by permitting and encouraging the entry of large numbers of illegal immigrants into the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole has accurately concluded that the federal government is “essentially incentivising the flow of this population by not returning the unaccompanied juveniles to their countries of origins quickly”; and

WHEREAS incentivizing minors to enter the United States illegally puts those minors at risk of physical danger, including violence and sexual abuse, which has resulted in injury and death to multiple unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the federal government is transporting and placing illegal alien minors into Texas towns and counties, including Gregg County, to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the influx of school-age illegal minors will have an adverse effect on local school district educational funding, resources, campus security, public health, and safety; and

WHEREAS in recent years, persons brought into Gregg County as alien minors as part of the federal government’s unaccompanied minor program have remained in Gregg County illegally after reaching adulthood, and some such persons have been involved in alleged criminal activity; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require legal immigrants to receive a comprehensive medical exam and vaccination for a wide range of diseases, but these requirements are not being equally applied to illegal alien minors being admitted to the country; and

WHEREAS the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons recently warned that by admitting large numbers of minors who come from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and viruses that the nation has not seen in years; and

WHEREAS the increasing volume of illegal aliens is financially crippling some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; and WHEREAS Governor Rick Perry warns that members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the State of Texas for the purpose of establishing criminal and terrorist activities; and

WHEREAS without a secure border, Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens; and

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas are rightly concerned about the impact of the ongoing, massive influx of illegal aliens on our community; and

WHEREAS the State of Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:

Freedom and Sovereignty of State.Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government,unimpaired to all the States.

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby finds that the housing of illegal alien minors in Gregg County, Texas is not in the best interest of the public.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby urges our state and federal legislators and elected officials to take prompt action to end the influx of illegal aliens across our national border and cease relocation of illegal aliens into communities across the State of Texas and other states.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the federal government to provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws and provide civil and criminal liability protections for Texan land owners against criminal trespassers.

Be it Further Resolved that copies of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of this Court and provided to Gregg County’s state and federal elected legislative representatives.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the above Resolution was passed on this ______ day of _______, 2014.

PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of ____________, 2014.

WTP Longview
P. O. Box 6003
Longview Texas 75608
United States

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Upcoming Events in Tyler: Art of Peace Festival, 5K Run, and Forum for All

The fourth annual Art of Peace Festival is scheduled September 13-21. Visit the website: for more information. 

A Peace Forum will be held, Tuesday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Tyler Junior College's Rogers Student Center, which will serve as a kick off to a great event.

For more information, visit: for a direct link to info about the Peace Forum.

The African-American Cultural Events Committee has scheduled a Sickle Cell Youth Scholarship 5K Walk/Run on September 20, 2014 (9:00 a.m. -12 NOON) at Woldert Park 701 W.32nd St. in Tyler, Texas. The schedule is follows:

7:00 a.m. Registration begins ($15.00 per person, or $60 per team) A team consists of 8 or more people
8:00 a.m. Stretching and Aerobics Workout. ($5 Kids fun run with an adult entry age 12/under)
9:00 a.m. Walk/Run Begins
9:30 a.m. Concurrent Awareness Sessions:

The purpose of the Sickle Cell Youth Scholarship 5K Walk/Run is to create awareness in the community of the Sickle Cell disease that is prominent among African Americans, and provide technical assistance to parents of underserved and deserving youth who desire to attend college. Portion of the funds raised will be granted to Sickle Cell Research and Awareness and Youth College Scholarships for local students.

The organizers are seeking participants and offering various levels of sponsorship. The deadline for receiving sponsorships is September 16. Please contact Ms. Kathy Bell at 903-881-5469, or Gregory Buckner at 903-592-8973, or email at or for more information.


The Tyler Organization of Men and Smith County Democratic Party will present a Political Forum and Gospel Concert with emphasis on voter registration. If you are not registered to vote this was planned with you in mind.

This is a great opportunity to meet national, state and Smith county candidates for office. Find out how you can make a difference. The event will be located at St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000 Frankston Hwy, Tyler, Texas 75701 on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

For more information contact at or contact Henry Jackson, Event Chair, 903-372-8084 or Artis Newsome, 903-360-4240.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Community Members Gather to Discuss How to Lower Crime Rates

Councilwoman Kasha Williams speaks during
Anti Violence Community Team Meeting,
(Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)
Article by Reese Gordon
Longview News Journal

More than 40 community members gathered Tuesday night, Aug. 12, 2014 at Broughton Recreation Center to discuss solutions aimed at reducing violent crime in Longview.

The meeting, organized by grassroots organization Anti-Violence Community Team, featured a guest panel that included Longview Police Chief Don Dingler, District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams and Longview NAACP President Branden Johnson.

Dingler said Tuesday that the presence of neighborhood crime watch groups has helped to lower the crime rate through the first six months of 2014.  “Crime is down 14 percent from last year,” he said. “Things are looking good, but we can’t do anything without your help.”

Longview Police Area Representative Officer Debra Stiles said communities taking a stand in the form of neighborhood watch groups has made a difference in lowering crime this year. “National Night Out on Oct. 7 is a great way to get started with neighborhood watch,” she said. “Anyone who wants to do that can contact me.”

Read the rest of the article online at Longview News Journal.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Workshop for Parents and Community: Be the U in Education

Workshop for Parents and Community:
Be the U in Education

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Broughton Recreation Center
801 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Topics include:

  • It Starts with Us – Parents, School, Community 
  • Help from Home = Success in School (Elementary Grades) 
  • Help from Home = Success in School (Secondary Grades) 
  • Be an Advocate for your Child = Success in School (Student Expectations)

Seating is limited. Free admission
Advanced registration required.

Event sponsored by the Longview NAACP

Friday, July 18, 2014

Freedom Fund Scholarship Celebration

Tonight is the night to celebrate
Equality and Justice for All.

Freedom Fund Scholarship Celebration

Friday, July 18, 2014
7:00 pm
The Summit Club,
3700 Judson Road,
Longview, TX

Saturday, June 7, 2014

What It Takes to Survive and Thrive in Texas with College Success

Center for Public Policy Priorities banner

Data Tool Updated to Include County-Level Higher Education Data that Show 8th Graders with Economic Issues Are Less Likely to Complete College

Higher education completion numbers show low-income 8th graders across Texas are far less likely than their higher income counterparts to finish college or complete a higher education credential.

The Center for Public Policy Priorities, with funding support from TG, has added statewide and local higher education data to its Texas Regional Opportunity Index (TROI) county data tool, and the numbers show that the state is making uneven progress on major indicators of success.

While the rate of completion varies across counties, the data consistently show a clear relationship between greater access to rigorous college-level classes in high school and greater enrollment in four-year colleges among poorer students.

Statewide, only 19 percent of all students who started 8th grade in the fall of 2001 had earned a higher education degree or credential 12 years later, a phenomenon known as the “leaky pipeline.” Across various counties, the percentage ranges from 7 to 41 percent completion.

Economically disadvantaged 8th graders are three times less likely to complete a college degree or credential than their counterparts who live in households with higher income, but that rate varies across counties. For example, only 5 percent of Travis County’s poor 8th graders complete a higher education credential, compared to Hidalgo County’s 15 percent completion rate.

Thanks to the support of TG, a non-profit corporation that promotes college access and success, CPPP has recently shared the TROI with Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Rio Grande Valley communities and leaders through the Road to College Completion: What It Takes to Survive and Thrive in Texas roadshow. CPPP will visit at least two more regions in the state later this year.

“State and local stakeholders can use this opportunity to reflect on the data available in the TROI and design programs and policies that address the gaps in educational attainment.” said Jacob Fraire of TG. “The state’s economic progress depends on our ability to move more students through to completion of a college degree or credential. We value this partnership with CPPP to improve access to local data around key college access and success indicators.”

Read the full press release on our website.

Visit to use the tool.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Juneteenth Activities in East Texas

Join the
NAACP Juneteenth Facebook Event!

The celebrations in Longview, TX take place, Saturday June 21st, starting at 10:00am. The parade will last an hour.

The parade will begin at Ryder Drive and proceed north on MLK to Broughton Park. Line up time is 9:00 am. Each parade entrant will be given a lineup number at the time of registration. Registration is $5.00 and can be picked up from Broughton Recreation Center. To call ahead dial 903-237-1276.

The parade will be immediately followed by the Community Wide Picnic in the Park. It will be hot, but we all will be cool! Just another Community Collaboration. Get ready for those Turkey Legs, Burgers, Fried Catfish, and Snow Cones.


You are also invited to the East Texas Juneteenth activities, which are scheduled in Tyler, Texas.

Friday night, June 13, 
7:00PM is the Sixth Annual Juneteenth Gospel Musical at 
People's Missionary Baptist Church, 2908 Bellwood Rd. 

Saturday, June 14, the parade begins at 
10:00AM on Martin Luther King Blvd. and ends at Woldert Park. 

The Juneteenth official opening ceremony is 12:00 noon on stage at Woldert Park. There will also be booths, food, and fellowship.

For more information regarding the Tyler Events, contact John Sims <>.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NAACP Childhood Obesity Advocacy Manual Available

For the first time in U.S. history, the current generation of young people could be the first to live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation.  View Advocacy Manual.

Childhood obesity is plaguing African-American populations at a rate that is disproportionately higher than the rest of the country. The NAACP is focusing on three policy areas to address the root causes of childhood obesity.

1) Built environment: We need to improve community walkability and public transportation, enhance recreational spaces, and allow for better access to school playgrounds outside of school hours.

2) Food environments: Communities need better access to healthy, affordable foods in corner stores and local grocery stores.

3) School-based policies: Schools must emphasize increased physical activity during the school day and provide more nutritious school foods and drinks, including what is available at meals, in vending machines, and at concessions.

Please help us get started by filling out a short survey about the situation in your community, then downloading the NAACP Childhood Obesity Advocacy Manual:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Financial Literacy Workshop, Saturday, April 26th, 8 am

Financial Literacy Workshop April 26, 2014 at 8 am
Click the link below to register:

New Life Outreach REACH Ministry and LNAACP will host this event from, 8:00am - 1:45 pm at Stamper Resource Center located at 502 S. Center Street Longview, Texas.

Admission is Free - but you must pre-register.*

The purpose of the event is to empower high school seniors, college students and adults to learn how to start their financial life out on the right foot by learning invaluable strategies to implement and become FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT by reaching up, reaching in and reaching out.

*For further information, please contact Ebony Dennis at 903-261-2775 or via email, Ebony Dennis, Economic Empowerment Chair

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ted Nugent Becomes the Center of a Dispute with City of Longview

Nugent dispute leads to crowded city council meeting

Longview residents packed City Council chambers to ask for information about the Ted Nugent issue on Thursday, March 27th. Comments ranged from calling for the resignation of the mayor and city manager to the termination of employees responsible for the discussions to hire Nugent, while others offered support for the city and its processes.

"The citizens of Longview in solidarity showed up with over 120 in attendance for our cause: Equality under law," said Branden Johnson, Longview NAACP president.

Steve Crane said the problem had more to do with city leadership than with Nugent himself.  “The problem is that people in the city of Longview, people in leadership positions, felt that it was OK to invite somebody like Ted Nugent to this city for a city-wide celebration,” Crane said.  He also drew a stark comparison to the money spent in ending negotiations.  “That is more money than one minimum wage worker earns in 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year ... That is a lot of money,” he said.

Vik Verma said Longview’s culture is wrong if “the selection of Ted Nugent to perform at the city Fourth of July celebration was acceptable and even desired by some.”

Branden Johnson, president of the Longview NAACP, said the group planned to hold symposiums to encouraged “the ignored to get involved with this governmental process.  The hope of diversity under the current Longview administration appears anecdotal,” Johnson said.

Johnson urged those who attended to ensure their voices are heard along with the 120 standing in solidarity.  "You can email Mayor Jay Dean with your thoughts and express your most poignant and respectful opinions," said Johnson. "He can be emailed at"


Ted Nugent Responds to Longview Allegations
Longview News Journal Article: Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

“I hear from reliable sources that the mayor is a racist and was offended that my band performs mostly African-American-influenced music,” Nugent was quoted as saying in a column that appeared Saturday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Everyone knows ol’ Uncle Ted is the ultimate Independence Day rockout with the ultimate all-American, soul music, rockin’ soundtrack of defiance, liberty and freedom. We shall carry on. We are the good guys. Clueless, dishonest people like the mayor are the bad guys.”

Dean said Tuesday he was unaware of the allegations and declined to comment.  Nugent’s response came as the Longview NAACP was urging residents to attend Thursday’s meeting of the Longview City Council.

“TedGate must be explained,” the NAACP said on its Facebook page. “The people demand answers and the unveiling of any clandestine ongoings.”

Branden Johnson, president of the nonprofit organization, said people must understand the importance getting civically engaged.

“Anything that can get people to come out is good for me; I don’t care if it’s negative or positive. People need to hear directly instead of through another source, or watching it on TV or reading it in the paper,” Johnson said. “I would be willing to bet that there are more people in Longview that oppose Ted Nugent’s antics than are for them.”


Longview pays off rocker Ted Nugent to not perform
Longview News Journal Article: Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2014

Longview officials paid Ted Nugent’s agents $16,250 to stop talks about making him the headliner for the city’s July 4 Fireworks and Freedom Celebration.  The payoff came as Nugent’s earlier comments and song lyrics became a political issue during a campaign swing with Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. But city officials have said the move was more about the propriety of Nugent’s show for a family oriented Independence day festival than that controversy.

Getting Down to Business Program: Resources for Small Business Owners and Workers

Linda Lydia of the Texas State conference of the NAACP announced the recruiting phase of Capital One's Getting Down to Business Program. Applications are now open.

Are you a small business? Do you know or work with a small business owner that can use a mentor, financial coach, technical business training and an IDA match? The Getting Down to Business program and the many partners involved want you to apply!


Visit (Application Site)
Or visit the Gaston & Haskell Capital One Bank branch or the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.
For questions, please don't hesitate to call or email me with the contacts below.

Roy C. Lopez
Vice President, CRA Business Development
Community Development Banking
DFW and East Texas Region
600 North Pearl Street, Suite 2500
Dallas, Texas 75201
214.855.1683 (Office)
214-490-8908 (Cell)
214-855-1665 (Fax)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Longview NAACP and others provide input on New Superintendent for Longview ISD

A meeting to discuss the superintendent search for Longview ISD was held recently and included two public input sessions scheduled for administration and members of the school board to hear community suggestions as applications for the role of superintendent continue to be submitted through the end of the month of March.

Longview ISD residents voiced they were looking for a superintendent with an open door policy, a focus on discipline and standards, and the courage to make changes, if needed, to make the district more successful.

“I am looking for a superintendent that will be for the children and bring discipline back in the classroom,” said former teacher James McLemore, who added that he saw a lack of punishment for wrongdoing during his tenure.

Branden Johnson, president of the Longview chapter of the NAACP, presented a list of concerns, including an increased focus on mentoring.

Gary “G.” Floyd, a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Longview City Council and a regular voice at Longview ISD school board meetings, presented five characteristics he looked for in a new leader. That list included being willing to meet a goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate within the first three years because of a focus on academics.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Art in the Evening

The Longview Metro Chamber will hold its first fundraising event since its resurgence. 

Join with them as they bring live Jazz and wonderful food selections. 

Tickets are $35 and can be obtained from Eddie Towles Phone Center, House of Tots, Tony Powell, Greg Muckelroy, and other members of the LM chamber.

When: Sat. Mar 29, 2014 8pm – 10pm 

Where: Longview Museum of Fine Arts, East Tyler Avenue, Longview, TX, United States (map)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Information and Community Meeting with Wendy Davis, Candidate for Governor

Event Name: Community Meeting with Wendy Davis - Longview

You're invited to attend a community meeting in Longview. This is the perfect opportunity to meet one of the candidates running for Texas governor in person and discuss your priorities for Texas' future.

Time: Saturday, March 15, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM CDT

Location: Longview Embroidery (Longview, TX)
1420 McCann Rd, Longview, TX 75601

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring into Good Health - Community Fair

Community Update:  Don't miss this opportunity!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:00am - 1:00pm
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
323 S. Court Street, Longview, TX

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Longview NAACP Unit #6197 Updates


The membership drive is this month. The person with the most members recruited by March 20th will receive a ROKU Box which makes your TV a Smart TV with an Internet connection. It also gives you access to several free channels and movies via the web on your digital TV. Currently the leader has 3 new members recruited to the Unit. Renewals including your own is acceptable. See application attached. Go forth and prosper.


Save the date for: the Spring into Good Health Fair this coming Saturday March 15th from 9-1 at Bethel Baptist Church 323 Court St. Please come and at least get the free screenings and support this committee. Tell a friend and keep a friend living for along time to come. For the free Mammograms you must be a member or immediately related to one. The sign up for the Mobile Mammogram ends on Wednesday March 12th. So, call 903-315-2130 now to get started. Remember it is free with health insurance, only $99 without. The Health Committee is also responsible for our program during the Third Thursday Meeting on March 20th at 6:30 this month as well. See poster attached.


There will be two days of listening and outreach all due to the Education Committee's diligence with the LISD Trustees. They have struggled and fought hard to get March 17th at Noon and March 18th at 5:30 pm for people to come to the ESC Building 1301 E. Young St. to provide input to the Trustees as to whom they wish to see take the open Superintendent position. Please prepare yourself and be thinking of what you would like to see in the character for LISD's next chief. April 17th is the Education Committees Third Thursday meeting with special guest Ted Beard sharing. See flier attached.

WIN: Women in the NAACP

There will be a Parade of Tables at First Presbyterian Church on April 5th at 4:00 pm. Seats at the table are only $20. The catch is that the table needs to be decorated and the winners are recognized. Contact Pam if your interested in supporting this effort of a local church (Abundant Life) who seeks to provide scholarships to 2 young people annually.

National Women and Girls AIDS Awareness Day was very fruitful in information sharing as Sunday there was an early Dinner at Summit by Wellness Pointe with dynamic speakers. Today we held a press conference at SHRT and we received coverage from CBS 19, News Journal, and East Texas Review.

Political Action

There is at least 1 run-off for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace. So those whom live in that Precinct need to go vote again. Here is the Calendar for dates to know.

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail - Friday, March 28, 2014 

If did not request runoff ballot on application for primary ballot. (Does not apply to FPCA)

Last Day to Register to Vote -  Monday, April 28, 2014

First Day of Early Voting - Monday, May 19, 2014

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail - May 16, 2014 

(Received, not Postmarked) Friday, (NEW LAW: 9th day before election day; regular ABBM);  FPCA deadline is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (UNCHANGED: 7th day before election day; FPCA)

Last Day of Early Voting Friday, May 23, 2014

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, May 27, 2014 

(election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Longview ISD Seeks Community Input on Superintendent Search

The Board of Trustees of the Longview Independent School District in Longview, Texas is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as its superintendent.   

The vacancy is created by the retirement of Dr. James E. Wilcox. Dr. Wilcox has served as superintendent since 2007. 

The Board wishes to have the successful candidate assume the responsibilities of the position on or before July 1, 2014.  Click here to view the Superintendent Brocure.pdf (192.61 KB)
Longview ISD has scheduled 2 community forums for public input into the superintendent search. Please attend one of the forums and let your presence and voice be heard. 


  • Monday, March 17 at 12 noon
  • Tuesday, March 18 at 5:30pm 


Board Room at the LISD office at 1301 E. Young St.

Superintendent Search Timeline

Application Deadline - March 31 
Board Reviews Applications - April 7 

Initial Interviews - April 21, 22, 26 
April 28 (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
April 29 (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
May 1 (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
May 2 (6:30 p.m. -- Review candidates at 8:30 p.m.)

Board Visits Candidates’ Home Districts
May 5 (7 p.m.) Follow-up w/ finalist
May 6 (7 p.m.) Follow-up w/ finalist 

Board Meetings (All meetings are open to the public)
May 12 (7 p.m.) - Board Meeting at ESC; name lone finalist, if desired.  Board Releases Name of Finalist 

June 9 (7 p.m.) Board Meeting at ESC; name lone finalist, if not done May 12
June 16 - Board Votes on Finalist

Newly elected superintendent may begin daily rate basis prior to July 1, if board desires.
July 1 - Contract begins.  Superintendent Reports to District
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View the Timeline for Superintendent Search as posted on the Longview ISD website:


Longview ISD is located approximately 120 miles east of Dallas and 60 miles west of Shreveport, LA. LISD serves approximately 8,700 students and encompasses 127 square miles. 
The student body is 38.3% African American, 20.8% Caucasian, 36.0% Hispanic, 3.6% other.  The district employs 1,280 total employees. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

WWII Vet Elmer Hill was on the Frontlines of the Past Century

Article By Reese Gordon
Sunday, February 16, 2014 Longview News Journal

HENDERSON — Elmer Hill walks a mile a day around the Emeritus Senior Living facility in Henderson. That might not sound like a huge accomplishment to some, but Hill is 107 years old and the second-oldest World War II veteran in the country.

Richard Overton of Austin, also 107, is the oldest living veteran and three months Hill’s senior. The two men met for the first time in December.

“I’m not old,” Hill said Thursday. “I’ve just been here a long time. The Lord has blessed me, and now my only job is to eat and sleep.”

A reception is set Tuesday in Hill’s honor at Emeritus Assisted Living, and he will receive the keys to the city.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert is among the scheduled guests.

Susan Curnutt, activities director for Emeritus in Henderson, said Hill came to live at the facility more than three years ago, having lived alone in a small brick house on Van Buren Street for several years.

“He’s the oldest person I’ve ever met,” she said. “He’s brought so much joy to the other residents. They just enjoy listening to him talk. He loves bingo, exercise and goes on all of our bus rides around Rusk County. He’s something else!”

Born Aug. 20, 1906, Hill said he grew up “in the country” just outside Henderson.

He said his father raised him to farm, planting corn and cotton.

As one of 12 boys in his family, Hill said his parents made sure he and his brothers regularly attended Lone Star Baptist Church. At church is where Hill and his brothers, “The Hill Brothers Quartet,” would sing.

“We had vocal music being taught at our little country school,” he said. “I also learned to pick on the guitar. But we didn’t have the kind of instruments children have now. But I was one of the boys who had a guitar.”

“Picking” on the guitar is a hobby Hill said he still enjoys.

He graduated from Henderson Colored High School and went to Butler College to get his teaching certificate.

He said he couldn’t remember the year, but went on to teach mathematics at Henderson Colored High School, which is now named Hill High School.

“Back then, high schools went until 11th grade,” he said. “I became the principal before being drafted into the Navy.”

Stationed “in the middle of the ocean” on an aircraft carrier for two years during World War II, Hill said he was in charge of taking orders from the captain down to the men manning mounted machine guns.

“We had one man who would load the gun and another who would shoot it,” he said. “So the captain would have me tell them when and where to shoot.”

Once the war ended, Hill said he returned home to Northeast Texas.

He said he continued teaching students in Henderson, whom Curnutt said still visit him two or three times a week.

Hill and his wife, Atha, raised two children, who live in the Dallas area.

Ray Hill, 71, Elmer’s oldest child and only son, said he remembers visiting his grandparents’ farm where his father grew up, just three miles north of Henderson on U.S. 259.

He said he and his sister, Audrey, visit their father at his community in Henderson every Tuesday.

“I was the oldest grandchild, so I was involved with picking the corn and cotton. That might be why my dad is so healthy. They grew their own food and raised their own animals. I remember them raising livestock, pigs and hogs. I used to go and see them when the weather got cold and they would butcher and process the pigs.”

Ray said his father has always been his “rock and inspiration.”

“I thank God for having a father like him,” he said. “The older he gets the more his light shines. He has inspired other people to be just like him.”

Hill didn’t get angry about racial inequality in America during the days of segregation, his son said.

“My father has always been a deeply religious man,” he said. “He could always forgive and forget. He was wise enough to know that getting angry wasn’t going to solve anything.”

Ray said his father being recognized as one of the oldest living veterans has left him speechless at times.

“Words can’t express what it really means to me,” he said. “Sometimes it is just as surprising to me as it is to other people that he has blossomed into the celebrity he is today.”

If you go
What: Ceremony honoring World War II veteran Elmer Hill

When: 1:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Emeritus Senior Living facility, 1000 W Richardson Drive, Henderson

Cost: Free

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Candidates talk Credentials at Forum for Gregg JP, Commissioner Court

Photo by Michael Cavazos, LNJ
Article by Glenn Evans
View Longview News Journal article, published Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Three men who hope to handle small-claims court, truancy, inquests and on-sight arrest affidavits for southern Longview and Gregg County led a political forum Thursday pledging to work hard on all fronts.

“You are not going to get one thing solved when you don’t know how the problem starts,” Pct. 4 justice of the peace candidate Phillip Burns Sr. said about tackling truancy issues that can bring a fine of up to $500 for parents. “And a lot of times, the kids are not being rehabilitated.”

Burns joined fellow Democratic opponents James Mathis and Bobby White in the NAACP forum, which included the three men running for Pct. 4 commissioner and one of two GOP commissioner candidates in Pct. 2

“We only had one person that didn’t come that we asked to come share with us, and that was the incumbent commissioner from Precinct 2 in Gregg County,” NAACP Longview Unit President Branden Johnson said of Commissioner Darryl Primo.

“He said it wasn’t important,” Johnson told 130 people in the Broughton Recreational Center. “Hey. We don’t hold our tongues in the NAACP.”

Primo did not respond to phone calls Thursday night seeking comment.

Mathis said his 32 years in Gregg County law enforcement also brought him experience teaching young people in schools and churches.

“I can educate you in proper ways to secure your home,” he added.

“I have the materials and the knowledge of referring you to resources.”

White, who called himself “your prospective employee,” said he is the only JP candidate who holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

White told the audience he earned commendations in 1983 from then-Gov. Bill Clements and learned his detective skills under Longview’s first black detective.

“He was my mentor,” White said. “And he recommended me for my first professional assignment down in Henderson.”

All three Pct. 4 commissioner candidates said they would back a resolution to Austin supporting Medicaid expansion in Texas.

None of the Democrats approved of the Republican-passed Texas voter ID law that faces its first serious test in the March 4 party primaries, after causing only minor glitches in November’s constitutional amendment election.

All three said they would track down economic development leads to lure restaurants and other businesses to South Longview

“We need more business and industry in Pct. 4,” incumbent Mathis said.

Hatten praised the new Cracker Barrel restaurant in the precinct but complained there is no movie theater in Pct. 4.

Brown pointed out the precinct is home to East Texas Regional Airport, where renovations are underway, and to LeTourneau University, “a world-famous university.”

“And we need to use that to create jobs,” he added.

Fish, whose forays into revitalization and economic development in Longview-bound Pct. 2 led her into the race, pointed out the mission statement in the county budget urges cooperation to achieve those goals.

“Forward thinking, forward planning is critical if we’re going to be the hub of the wheel that turns East Texas,” she said.

“We have so many resources that the rest of the state is interested in.”

Friday, February 7, 2014

THE NAACP in Hollywood and Online

The NAACP Image Awards, airing Feb. 22, 2014, is the nation's premier event celebrating exemplary works by, for, and relevant to people of color and individuals or groups who promote diversity in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature).

There is no other organization that has confronted the misuse of media to influence negative public attitudes toward race like the NAACP. As early as 1915, it organized a nationwide protest against the negative portrayals of African Americans in “Birth of A Nation.”

The founding members of the Association immediately understood the power and influence of the then new media of film. Read more.

- See more about the Image Awards at:

The event is broadcast on TV One.  Learn more about TV One, a trusted storyteller and voice of black culture:

The network celebrates Black life 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To find out what channel TV One is available on in your area, please enter your zip code and choose your TV service provider:  

Find the channel on YouTube: 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

NAACP Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students. It is the duty of our dedicated Scholarship Committee to determine the most outstanding individuals to receive these awards. The NAACP does not provide financial aid to individuals, only scholarships through this process.

For All Scholarship Information please have the students go to POISE FOUNDATION web site (

Apply by gathering the following materials:

  • copy of your NAACP membership card or membership application
  • official transcript
  • two letters of recommendation from a teachers or professors in the major field of specialization (Willems only)
  • a one-page essay
  • your student aid report
  • evidence of acceptance or full-time enrollment
Read more at the NAACP website:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Voices of the People's History: Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)

Actress Alfre Woodard performs a very moving piece from abolitionist, women's rights proponent, and former slave Sojourner Truth that was originally delivered in 1851. Yep, before the Civil War, before the right to vote for anybody but white men.  Listen to her voice and passion, a legacy which is a treasure to behold.  

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Ain't I A Woman?
Delivered 1851
Women's Convention, Akron, Ohio

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Remembering MLK with Four Minutes Of King's Classic Speech, Retold (Video)

In celebration of the great late Martin Luther King Jr., listen to this four minute retelling of his classic speech. Watch this video remix and be inspired.

This Monday on Martin Luther King Day, we encourage you to share this video with your closest friends and newest colleagues. And, then ask yourself the question put to us by Elizabeth Myer Boulton, the creative director behind the film:
How far have we come on the journey to social justice and what must be done to achieve the dream King so eloquently articulated in 1963?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Paving the way: Residents remember MLK legacy during Longview celebration

Article by Reese Gordon
Jai'da Talley, 5, left, and Kimora Talley, 7, right, both of
Longview watch the Martin Luther King Jr. parade Saturday in Longview.
See more photos from Saturday’s parade and community celebration at
View article at the Longview News Journal Webpage.

Christy Warren said she wouldn’t be what she is today without the help of Martin Luther King Jr.

Warren, now an author, was one of hundreds who attended the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade and celebration Saturday.

“I never really thought I would be doing this,” she said. “This is a gift from God, and I think about people like Martin Luther King and everybody who paved the way. There was a time when people weren’t even supposed to read, let alone write, self-publish and create. So I think it’s absolutely remarkable that somebody paved the way for me to do what I’m doing.”

Thursday, January 16, 2014

East Texas to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

John Davin plays the tambourine during a 
Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service, on Monday January 21, 2013, at 
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church . (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)
Richard Yeakley
View article at Longview News Journal website.

The Broughton Recreation Center will be the hub of Martin Luther King Jr. events this weekend.

While Monday is the official holiday celebrating the birth of civil rights leader, a large parade and subsequent festival will be Saturday.

“As far as celebrating the holiday for Dr. King, he meant so much to our nation and he changed our nation. Not so much by what he said, but what he did,” said Charles Wilson, president of the NAACP in Marshall.

City-Wide Celebration of MLK Jr. Jan. 2014