Councilman Dee Andrews Request City Council to Name Park in Honor of NAACP
2014-10-03 · By Editor
Councilman Dee Andrews will be bringing forward an agenda item at Tuesday, October 7th, at City Council meeting, for City Council to consider naming a park in the 6th District, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Freedom Park.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. It has over 2,000 adult branches, 700 youth and college branches, 38 State conferences that servers all of the United States, Korea, Japan, and Europe.
Since its inception, the NAACP was poised for a long, tumultuous and rewarding history. Although it may be possible to chronicle the challenging and harrowing legacy of the NAACP, the real story of the nation’s most significant civil rights organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand still while the rights of some of America’s citizens were denied.
“When we think about civil rights and justice, we think about the NAACP, with its thousands upon thousands of members that served to bring about the change that we see in the world today. Not only for blacks but for all colors that have been integrated into the movement toward freedom”, said Councilman Andrews. “I am truly honored to be a product of this movement and to be placing this item for City Council’s approval.”
The history of the NAACP, is one of blood sweat and tears. From bold investigations of mob brutality, protests of mass murders, segregation and discrimination, to testimony before congressional committees on the vicious tactics used to bar African Americans from the ballot box, it was the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society. While much of its history is chronicled in books, articles, pamphlets and magazines, the true movement lies in the faces; black, white, yellow, red, and brown, united to awaken the conscientiousness of a people and a nation.
“The Long Beach Branch of the NAACP is extremely proud of the naming of the new park. We commend Councilman Andrews for taking the leadership on behalf of the City of Long Beach. This park will represent the diversity of Long Beach and the varied diversity of the NAACP founders, which consisted of a multi-ethnic group with various religious backgrounds, cultures, and genders”, said Naomi Rainey, President NAACP, Long Beach Branch. “This park symbolizes what we all want no matter where we live in the world which is freedom, equality and justice,” continued Mrs. Rainey.
The item is co-authored by Councilman Patrick O’Donnell and Councilwoman Suzie Price. The recommendation for the agenda item will refer to the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee to consider naming the park located at 2300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Freedom Park” and report back to City Council with recommendation. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.