The Columbus NAACP Looking To Recruit 75 Military Members to Celebrate 75 Years of Integration

The Columbus NAACP Looking To Recruit 75 Military Members to Celebrate 75 Years of Integration

By Janell Williams


The Columbus NAACP chapter is looking for local veterans to join their organization. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. It consists of thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who have and continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

To continue celebrating the 75 years since the integration of African Americans in the military, the local chapter is looking to add at least 75 veterans to its roster. The NAACP chapter has always worked with the armed forces and wants to continue to strengthen their relationship, “One thing that caused us to start looking to veterans for membership is that, as we looked at our history, the NAACP has always been involved with those in the military and veterans throughout the years they served” said Ed Dubose, NAACP National Board member. Dubose references Executive Order 981, implemented under President Truman, which moved to integrate the military, “We thought that this 75-year commemoration was also a reason to recruit members.” The NAACP chapter hopes these members will also help them continue with their Armed Services & Veterans Affairs Committee as they continue their work with local military-affiliated organizations, such as the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and more.

As these new members join the organization, the NAACP hopes they will aspire to take on leadership roles as they become increasingly active in the organization and the community. Since many veterans and active duty members have held leadership roles in their lifetime, they can thrive in the numerous leadership roles offered by the NAACP. Another goal is to assist black and brown active duty members and veterans with some of the issues facing them,  “We want them to know that the NAACP is here to help them with issues they are dealing with. We know that there are disparities in how black and brown veterans are approved for disability.” This year, the NAACP has signed a memorandum agreement with the Department of Veteran Affairs to assist black and brown veterans in receiving their benefits. “We want you to know that we’re here to help you with whatever challenges you have been dealing with as a veteran in the hospital and with the VA to get the benefits that rightfully deserve.”

 More information about the Columbus NAACP chapter and how to join can be found here. The local NAACP office is located at The Corporate Center 233 12th Street, Suite 515, Columbus, GA 3190. They can be contacted by phone at (706)507-6346 or by email at

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