NAACP Special Edition

NAACP Special Edition reader dedicated to addressing issues facing African Americans and other communities of color.

About the Monterey County Branch of the NAACP

We are a 21st century advocacy organization that fights for the advancement of minority groups by bridging the gaps in seven advocacy areas, including education, economic empowerment, healthcare, criminal justice, civic engagement, international affairs, and poverty issues.

Our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Our vision is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

Our objectives -- found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution -- are:

The principal objectives of the Association shall be:

The Monterey Peninsula Branch of the NAACP was chartered in 1932. Reverend Wellington B. Smith, Sr., was the founder and the first president of the branch.

The Salinas Branch of the NAACP was established on October 9,1939. Agnes Tebo and William Greenwell were charter members who were instrumental in getting the Salinas Branch chartered.

Since their inception, both of these branches have helped many residents throughout Monterey County deal with adverse situations in employment discrimination, law enforcement issues, and educational issues. After more than 140 years of combined service, these two branches of the NAACP joined forces in an effort to reach out to more people of color in Monterey County. The Monterey County Branch of the NAACP was officially formed in January 2007 as a result of the consolidation of the Monterey Peninsula and the Salinas Branches of the NAACP.

The NAACP of Monterey County is a membership organization made up of committees manned by volunteers. The committees consist of, but are not limited to, Political Action, Labor and Industry, Education, Membership, Housing, Legal Redress, and Voter Empowerment. The branch also has a Youth Council that operates autonomously from the adult branch. The Youth Council has the same goals and objectives as the adult branch and functions to address civil rights issues for all youth throughout Monterey County.