SAN ANTONIO - (April 8, 2018) To commemorate 100 years of fighting for social justice and equality, members of the NAACP, along with other organizations, former and current government officials, and numerous others, gathered at St. Paul United Methodist Church to attend the San Antonio Branch of the NAACP’s Founder’s Day.
Bexar County Commissioner, Precinct 4, the Hon. Tommy Calvert Jr., served as the event’s worship leader.
“The very presence of everyone attending is a true indicator that everyone here is connected to the baton that our ancestors of the NAACP have given us,” said Calvert. “With 13 disciples and the benchmark of 100 years, we can rally with our brothers and sisters from around the world who are members of the NAACP. This is a great moment in time.”
Dr. LaGuana Gray, an associate professor with the Department of History at the
University of Texas-San Antonio, served as the keynote speaker and provided an elaborate earlier history of the local branch.
She is also drafting the 100 year history of the local branch which will be deposited in the city’s time capsule.
During the observance, the Prince Hall Shriners of Moussa Temple No. 106 presented the Branch President, Oliver W. Hill, with a plaque recognizing the Branch for its 100 years of service.
Additionally, Hill and his wife, Minnie, presented former Mayor Ivy Taylor a plaque for her essential role for pursing the successful invitation for the annual convention of the NAACP to convene in San Antonio from July 14 – 18, 2018.
According to Hill, who is serving as the 29th president of the local branch, 100 years later, the fight continues.
“We need everyone’s support to continue to resolve issues at hand,” said Hill. “We are
still fighting the same battle. If you don’t believe me, come down to the local office and listen to the calls and grievances we received on a daily basis. We can’t stop and we won’t stop until victory is won.”
Hill thanked all for attending and St. Paul United Methodist Church for hosting Founder’s Day.
In 1918, the San Antonio Branch NAACP was organized with 503 members, and secured real property situated at Hackberry and Center Streets to locate the Community House (present site of Carver Cultural Center). Major emphasis was placed on the increased employment of black women.