Youth Council


Committee Chairs

Standing Committees

  • Communications, Press and Publicity: Bonnie Witherspoon-Williamson
  • Education: Dell Burgess
  • Finance: Terry Williamson, Malcolm Hughes & Carolyn Edwards
  • Health: Stevie Flowers
  • Legal Redress: Launell McGuine
  • Membership and Life Membership: Evelyn Thomas
  • Political Action: Brenda Cox
  • Religious Affairs: Min Brice Smith Sr.
  • Youth Work: Alice Jones, Youth Advisor & Aliana Stanley President
  • Veterans Affairs: Marcus Moore
  • Secretary: Janice Bryant
  • Economic Empowerment: Malcolm Hughes

Ad Hoc Committee Chairs:

  • Freedom Fund – Stevie Flowers and Terrence Williamson
  • Rev. Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Birthday Observance – Min. Brice Smith Sr. & Mrs. Patricia Burton


a. Communications, Press and Publicity. The Committee on Communications, Press and Publicity shall: (1) seek to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation and fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding; (2) work to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in those industries, {comprising the communications arts and sciences} (radio, telephone, television, motion pictures, newspapers, books, related computer communications, business, cable television); (3) seek to ensure Black minority ownership and control of print and electronic media – both hardware and software; (4) monitor local and national media, especially advertising performance; (5) provide the National Office with research and data on those local businesses engaged in communications arts and sciences; (6) seek to ensure that all people have a meaningful right to choose from and have access to a variety of high quality telecommunications goods and services at reasonable cost; (7) endeavor to secure publicity for the work of the Unit and the Association in the local press and on radio, television and other media; (8) attempt to interest persons in charge of local news media on conditions affecting minority groups; (9) seek to counteract derogatory and erroneous statements in local news media about Blacks and other minority groups; (10) be responsible for forwarding to THE CRISIS items covering Unit activities and important local affairs; and the (11) act as far as possible as an agency for the promotion and sales of THE CRISIS. No publicity shall be released without first being approved by the President of the Unit.

b. Education. 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 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; (7) investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices; (8) teacher certification; (9) promote parental involvement in education; and (10) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.

c. Finance. The Finance Committee shall consist of the President, Treasurer, and at least one other member. It shall study the financial needs of the Unit and shall be responsible for drafting as adequate annual budget.

d. Freedom Fund. The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct fund-raising activities, entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.

e. Health. The Health Committee shall: (1) work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans; (2) assess the health needs of the community; (3) advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; (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.

f. Legal Redress. The Legal Redress Committee shall: (1) investigate all cases reported to it; (2) supervise all litigation in which the unit is interested; and (3) keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall give general legal advice.

g. Membership and Life Membership. 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; (3) be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; and (4) initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.

h. Political Action. The Political Action Committee shall: (1) seek to increase registration and voting; (2) work for 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 improve the administration of justice; (5) work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and (6) keep the National Office and the unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.

i. Religious Affairs. The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the unit. It shall: (1) promote an educational program designed to give 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, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and 94) provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.

j. Youth Work. The Committee on Youth Work for the State/State-Area Conferences shall consist of all Youth Council Advisors, Youth Council Presidents and five (5) persons appointed by the State/State-Area conference President. The Committee on Youth Work for Branches shall consist of the Youth Council Advisors(s), the Youth Council President9s), and five (5) persons appointed by the Branch President. The Youth Council Advisors and the Youth Work Committee shall choose the chair of the Committee. The Youth Work Committee shall develop and coordinate the programs of the senior and youth groups.

The Branch Committee on Youth Work shall turn the names, addresses and membership dues of youth solicited by the Branch over to the appropriate National Office recognized youth group, if any, in their community. The Youth Work Committee shall monitor the youth membership in the Branch. If there is no local youth unit recognized by the National Office, the Committee shall recommend the Branch apply to the National Office for a Youth Charter and organize the appropriate youth group.

k. Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs. The Committee on Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs shall: (1) seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, national, state and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly in members of the minority community; (2) study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community; (3) serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans; (4) maintain a repository of materials, information and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their problems; (5) receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled because of discrimination; (6) prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the unit and the National Director of Armed Services and Veteran Affairs.

l. Economic Development. The Committee on Economic Development shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African-Americans and other communities of color by: (1) researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities; (2) supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public efforts entities designated by national programs; and (3) implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; (4) increasing employment and job creation; and (5) encouraging business development and home ownership.

m. Young Adult Committee: the committee shall consist of the Youth Unit(s) Presidents and at least five (5) other members appointed by the Branch President. It shall be the function of the Young Adult Committee to: 1) Support all branch activities; 2) Stimulate interest through and solicit membership of 25-35 year olds; 3) Create a multidirectional mentorship program (Branch to Young Adults and Young Adult to Youth Units) to serve as support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation; 4) Provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community; and 5) Encourage the participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the Branch.

n. All Standing Committees shall report in writing each month to the Executive Committee at its regular meetings.