In the last NAACP meeting, we discussed the Travis County Health Initiatives and A Symposium to Remember - two of the priorities supported and sponsored by the NAACP Austin Branch. Here's a little more information about each:
Health Initiative for Eastern Travis County
The NAACP has maintained a central role in health awareness for several years. Recent developments remind us of our potential and the long-awaited need for meaningful resources and the opportunity to impact prioritization and delivery of these essentials to the Eastern Travis County community. Other organizations have undertaken health initiatives; it is the goal of NAACP Austin to collaborate with like-minded community-oriented organizations whose objectives only serve and prioritize the needs of these communities of focus.
A Symposium to Remember
The symposium is an event that Shannon Jones, former Austin Public Health Director, initiated as an opportunity for the community to reflect upon the events of 1968. The social and political climate and the public policies that lead up to and that have since followed, continue to impact minority communities in significant ways, both affirmative and devastating. Those whose contributions and sacrifice gave rise to opportunity, recognition of long-neglected communities, and hope for better continues. The symposium recognizes the history, the hope, accomplishments, and impacts of the policies that can irreparably blight a community if unattended. The symposium will be an informative and enlightening opportunity for us to remember and advance without apology.
The meetings to discuss and plan these two projects are listed here, and the date for A Symposium to Remember will be posted here soon. We hope to see you there!
For frequent updates, visit the Facebook page of Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder!