NAACP Continues the Dream at MLK Day Event
Louisa Hufstader

Monday’s keynote speaker was Mariama White-Hammond, an activist and founding pastor of New Roots African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dorchester.

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MV NAACP Holds Police Reform Panel Monday

The Martha's Vineyard Branch of the NAACP holds a second panel discussion on police reform in Massachusetts.

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Heritage Trail Dedicates New Site

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard will soon include a new site, organizers said, with a celebration planned August 22.

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NAACP Urges Dismissal of Officer
Yvonne Guzman

The Martha's Vineyard NAACP this week called for the immediate dismissal of John Dillon, a Tisbury police patrolman who has been charged with racism by a fellow officer.

In a three-page letter to the Gazette, the NAACP lists a series of alleged offenses by Mr. Dillon, highlighted by an incident in which the officer parodied stereotypical African-American speech when rewriting a computer document authored by Theophilus M. Silvia 3rd, the town's only year-round African-American patrolman.

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Martin Luther King Luncheon Remembers, Looks to the Future
Aaron Wilson

The dining area of the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs was filled on Monday afternoon for the annual MLK luncheon hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the NAACP.

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Oak Bluffs to Hold Public Forum on Fate of Civil War Monument
Landry Harlan

An emotionally charged debate over whether two plaques on a Civil War monument in Oak Bluffs should stay or be removed remains unsettled.

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Civil War Statue Debate Dominates Oak Bluffs Meeting

In a sometimes tense, sometimes emotional debate, Oak Bluffs selectmen heard arguments for and against a request to remove plaques from a Civil War monument.

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Island Life and Early History of the NAACP: Two Women Share Threads of Reminiscence
W. C. Platt
In the 1920s and ’30s, black families could not buy property in Edgartown. And although Oak Bluffs was a gathering place for black professionals back to the 19th century, their children, home from college, were seldom able to work as clerks in local shops.
When the civil rights movement spread across America in the 1960s, the Vineyard was separate in many ways. The black community here was prosperous and thriving, the regional high school was integrated and race relations were cordial.
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Head of NAACP Pauses Briefly for Martha's Vineyard Vacation

For Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, coming to the Island from his home in Jackson, Miss., for a weeklong vacation this month was an easy choice.

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NAACP Celebrates Tradition of Service and Advocacy on MLK Day

The Martha’s Vineyard chapter celebrated another year of service and advocacy on Martin Luther King, Jr. day with a luncheon and workshop.

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