Long Beach Branch NAACP to Hosts a Tribute to Veterans

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The NAACP Long Beach Branch will conduct a special tribute to Veterans on November 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Ernest McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90801. We are asking current and past veterans, family members and friends of veterans who served our country in the past or currently on active duty, to please attend. The purpose of this event is to thank the men and women who served in the military  to protect our country. The NAACP believes it is extremely important that we recognize our veterans, keep their stories, issues, and plight our veterans face every day in our conscience. The LB Branch NAACP also thanks the veterans and their families for the sacrifices they make for the security of our country. This meeting is open to the public.

The LB Branch NAACP’s 2013 Program will be a screening of the film Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story. This film reveals a chapter of history few know about. The film presents an era when children born to German women and African-American soldiers were unwanted, ignored and forgotten. Winner of the Best Documentary award at the 2011 American Black Film Festival, Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story is a must-see, documentary that poignantly chronicles the lives of the biracial , bicultural children of African American GIs and German women. These children, placed in orphanages, were left to live without the support of their parents and their countries, Germany and the United States. These children are often referred to as unwanted, ignored, and forgotten. The film is sixty (60) minutes. The screening will start at 3:30pm with the reception to follow in recognition of our Veterans. John Malvaux, the founder of MusicUNTOLD, is the presenter of this program.

William Ward is the chair of the LB Branch NAACP’s Veteran Affairs Committee. Bill Ward was drafted into the Army in 1962 and from basic training was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. From there Mr. Ward went to Saigon/Cholon, Vietnam, where he was involved in the overthrow of the Ngo Dinh Diem government. Upon discharge rom the Army, Mr. Ward went to work for Frito-Lay, Inc. as a supervisor. From manufacturing, the went to the City of Long Beach in purchasing. He received his master’s degree fro California State University, Long Beach in 1980 and started working for Long Beach Unified School District. In 1984 he also worked for the Los Angeles Olympic Committee at the Coliseum. Mr. Ward is act involved at the American Legion 496 as a service officer. In addition, he also works with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8615 in Long Beach. This post is recognized as All-American. Bill Ward can be seen in Veteran activities throughout the community, especially Veterans Parade.

Also included in the program is Covered California, the affordable healthcare program and Silent Killer Disease information and screening. The community can also learn about the programs provided by the NAACP and how to join. High school and college students may pick up 2014 Scholarship Applications.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 by a group of black and white citizens, in response to injustice that many Americans confronted solely because of race.  Today, the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world, continues to focus major efforts at increasing voter empowerment, educational excellence and individual responsibility, thus creating an infrastructure for economic and social development and new effective ways to develop young leaders.

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