The NAACP Providence Branch has been a beacon for activism over the years and continues in that long tradition of service to the American public. President James Vincent stressed the need for memberships and commitment to continue the fight. We held two voter registration drives at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Providence. We have called on the Providence Police Department to conduct a complete investigation into the assault on an off duty patrolmen by other police officers. We have been an advocate for diversity in the hiring of people of color and an advocate for Black business development in Rhode Island. We co-sponsored the Rhode Island Black Business Associations (RIBBA) Economic Development Summit and are currently working on the repeal of the Voter Photo Identification Law, amending the Racial Profiling Law, supporting Ban The Box Legislation, eliminating the NECAP as a graduation requirement, strengthening the civilian and police complaint process and supported the same sex marriage legislation.
Lucy Rose served as this years Mistress of Ceremonies, Rev. Earnest Ward provided the Invocation with Cheryl Albright providing musical selections and Rev. Sammy Vaughn providing the benediction. Joining Jim Vincent and Lucy Rose at the head table was the Honorable Rafael Ovalles, RI District Court Judge who conducted the Swearing-In Ceremonies, Dr. Marion Orr, Director, Brown University A. Alfred Taubman Center, Amber Clark, Brown Medical School Student and Miss Black Rhode Island and Edward Brooks.
This years breakfast attracted several hundred members, friends and supporters of the civil rights organization including elected officials. Senator Jack Reed, Congressmen David Cicilline, Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Riamondo were among the participants as was Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare, Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements and several City Councilors and political hopefuls.
Congratulations NAACP Providence Branch for 100 years of service.