Mayor Garcia and Councilman Andrews to Recognize 75th Anniversary of the Long Beach Branch of the NAACP Tonight

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Mayor Robert Garcia and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews

Mayor Robert Garcia and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews

Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilman Dee Andrews will be recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the Long Beach Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), at City Council, at 5:00 pm, today, Tuesday, November 17, 2015.   

“For 75 years, the Long Beach Branch of the NAACP has worked tirelessly to promote equality and inclusiveness for the residents of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The NAACP are champions of social justice who have long fought to ensure all voices are heard”, continued Mayor Garcia.

“I am extremely proud to honor this extraordinary organization,” said Councilmember Andrews. “I had the pleasure of knowing and working with the Long Beach Branch founder, the late Mr. Ernest McBride Sr. He taught me the meaning of compassion and courage. He took the compassion that he had for his people to muster up the courage to stand up for us all so that we could walk, work, and live in any area of Long Beach of our choosing”, continued Councilman Andrews.

The NAACP is recognized as one of the nation’s most significant civil rights organization that attacked segregation and racial inequality through the courts; and broadened its scope by committing itself to the struggle for equal rights around the world. The Long Beach Branch of the NAACP was started in 1940; founding members Ernest McBride, Sr. served as the first field secretary; Ms. Lillie Grigsby served as membership chair; Ms. Zelma Lipscomb was the first woman president and selected to represent the local branch at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Their efforts helped to successfully integrate the Long Beach Police Department, Naval Shipyard, Coles Market; General Telephone Company, and combat discriminatory housing and welfare policies.

In honor of the recognition, the Long Beach Branch of the NAACP will have a display of archives and pictures in the lobby at City Hall. For more information, call 562.570.6816 or visit www.longbeach.gov/district6.

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