A Tribute to Val Joshua
celebrating black history month
If I ever do anything splendid
If I ever am noble or true
It will be because you, dear friend,
Loved me and helped me through.
For you gave me the real inspiration
To measure up and to be
More worthy of all your goodness
And wonderful faith in me.
Welcome to Vancouver NAACP
The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States. The principle objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of th e United States. The NAACP is committed to achievement through non- violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts, and is persistent in the use of legal and moral persuasion even in the fact of overt and violent racial hostility. National History information. The Vancouver Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shall work to advance the political, educational, and social status of Black people and other people of color; to eliminate racial prejudice; to establish a harmonious relationship between all people.
First Families in the News
"Book tells stories of
Vancouver's first black families"
in the Columbian.
First Families Project
First Families of Vancouver's African American Community: From World War II to the 21st Century is a cultural program founded in 2007 for which community members are documenting the stories of African Americans who migrated to southwest Washington State during the Second World War.
Project members have identified African American families who settled in Vancouver at mid-century in order to record their stories in a book (planned for release in summer 2011) and other associated materials for the public.
Working partnerships with NAACP Branch 1139, Clark County Historical Museum, Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College, and other local institutions reinforce the project's commitment to present a mosaic of the community's cultural history for the enrichment of all.
Learn more about First Families Project