As a member of the National Association for the advancement of colored people, you know that…the most vital jobs in the NAACP are done by our army of volunteers in local branches, like yours, all over America. These volunteers, like you, give their time and energies in the Branch Committees which guard the interest of minority group citizens, all day, everyday, year in and year out . . . . . . . REMEMBER “Anybody who cares enough to join NAACP is smart enough to work on an NAACP committee."
Each of the following committees are working committees. In other words by serving on a committee, you are going to be actively involved in making a difference in the community. By pooling your knowledge and wisdom with others, you will be able to create a strong voice which will effectively advocate for social justice in The Lowcountry. Today there are many issues within the community that need your support, not simply by being a member but by actively getting involved in the work of the NAACP. If you decide to serve on an NAACP committee, we recommend that you select one that benefits your education, training, experience, interests or one where you think you will be able to learn from working with others and make a valuable contribution.
The Executive Committee serves as the branch's board of directors. The branch officers who hold the primary positions on this committee, all standing committee chairpersons are also on the executive committee. However, the main purpose of the executive committee is to oversee all of the branch's operations. Each committee must submit a report to the executive committee on the issues it faces in the community.
The Committee on Education shall: (1) seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; (2) study local educational conditions affecting minority groups; (3)investigate the public school system and school zoning; (4) familiarize itself with textbook material used in the school and seek to eliminate material there from which is racially derogatory; (5) seek to stimulate school attendance; (6) keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found and; (7) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the association.
The Finance Committee shall: (1) consist of the president, treasurer, and at least one other member; (2) study the financial needs of the branch; (3) be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget; (4) draft the annual branch budget with executive committee and ask each standing committee to give an estimate of budgetary needs for the year.
The Freedom Fund Committee shall: (1) plan and conduct fundraising activities, including entertainments and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the associations program; (2) work closely with finance committee; (3) plan fund raising affairs to raise your Freedom Fund assessment; (4) decide early in the year the type of affair(s) it will not schedule conflicting affairs. (See “fund – raising manual for NAACP branches).”
The Health Care Committee shall: (1) work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans; (2) access the health needs of the community; (3) advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all American; (4) sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs, and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and (5) support health initiatives of the Association.
The Housing Committee shall: (1) study housing conditions in the local community; (2) receive and seek to adjust complaints of discrimination; (3) oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private and; (4) disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.
The Labor Industry Committee shall: (1) seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training and promotion, unfair dismissals; (2) encourage greater participation in the trade union movement; (3) work the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation and; (4) work to improve opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training; (5) provide competent vocational guidance and training on an integrated basis for young African American, e.g., to make it possible for competent, highly trained African Americans to compete on an equal basis for managerial, scientific, skilled, professional and other desirable jobs and to encourage qualified African American youths to seek admission to local apprenticeship training programs and; (6) work for the attainment of equality of opportunity in on-the-job training in upgrading and promotions in pay scales and in seniority.
The Legal Redress Committee shall: (1) investigate all cases reported to it; (2) supervise all litigation in which the branch is interested and; (3) keep the national office and the branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give legal advice.
The Membership Committee shall: (1) work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association; (2) be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; and (3) be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals.
The Political Action Committee shall: (1) seek to increase registration and voting; (2) work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; (3) seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; (4) work to secure equal enforcement of the law and; (5) keep the national office and the branch informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The committee shall be non-partisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.
The Life Membership Committee shall consist of a Life Membership Chair and or Co-Chairman and at least three other members. It shall be the function of the Life Membership Committee to initiate all possible means to obtain life members and sponsor a continuing program toward this end.
The principal objective of the Economic Development Committee is to promote the growth of entrepreneurship among Africa Americans, and increase employment opportunities with private and public entities.The Economic Development Committee shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color.
The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the branch. It shall: (1) promote an educational program designed to give a moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; (2) interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths; (3) enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fund raising and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and (4) provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities associated with the improvement of race relations.
Assist Youth Councils and College Chapters in achievement of NAACP goals…The Committee on Youth Work shall consist of youth council (s) Advisor (s), the youth council (s) President (s) , and five (5) persons appointed by the Branch President. The Youth council Advisor shall chair the committee.
The Press and Publicity Committee shall: (1) endeavor to secure publicity for the work of the Branch and the Association in the local press and on radio, television and other media; (2) attempt to interest persons in charge of local news media on conditions affecting minority groups; (3) seek to counteract derogatory and erroneous statements in local news media about Blacks, and other minority groups.