BRANCH MEETINGS

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

The Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 7:30PM. The schedule is modified for holidays and conflicting meetings. Branch meetings will continue to  be held virtually on Zoom in order to maintain social distancing, until in person meetings are safe to resume.

Meeting dates for 2022:

 

Monday, January 31st

Monday, February 28th

Monday, March 28th

Monday, April 25th

Monday, May 23rd

Monday, June 27th

Monday, July 25th 

Monday, August 22nd

Monday, September 19th

Monday, October 24th

Monday, November 28th

Dec – Recess for the Holiday Season

 

Interested in attending a meeting or have questions? Please email us at info@mva-naacp.org

For more events and meetings check out the NAACP calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

PAST EVENTS

THE QUOCK WALKER DAY BILL

S.2704 /H.3117 - An Act designating July 8 as Massachusetts Emancipation Day

Instructions for Supporting Quock Walker Day with One Email


Quock Walker’s Precedent Setting Journey to Freedom
On May 4, 1754, Zedekiah Stone sold Mingo, Dinah, and 9-month-old Quock to James Caldwell of the Rutland District for 180 pounds. Twenty-seven years later, in 1781, Quock Walker self-emancipated and was awarded monetary damages for being assaulted by his former enslaver. His former enslaver, who was the widower of James Caldwell’s widow, appealed the decision that Walker was a free man and lost the second case as well. Two years later, in 1783, Justice William Cushing of Scituate, who was the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court during the last of the Quock Walker Cases, noted in his instructions to the jury, “the idea of slavery is inconsistent with our own conduct and Constitution”. Walker’s judicial journey ended slavery in Massachusetts and fostered growth of a Black middle class in Massachusetts. Children of the Quock Walker generation were born free and used their economic and political strength to fuel the abolitionist movement.


Youth of Quock Walker’s Generation and the Abolitionist Movement
Mary J. "Polly" Johnson (1784-1871) was an African American entrepreneur, one of New Bedford’s best-known abolitionists, and she and her husband provided the first free home for Frederick Douglass.
Mr. Walker’s nephew, Quock Walker Lewis (1798-1856), was born in Barre and was an active abolitionist and entrepreneur in Boston and Lowell. Mr. Walker Lewis, along with several fellow members of the Prince Hall Lodge, met in 1826 and established the Massachusetts General Colored Association (MGCA) “to promote the welfare of the race by working for the destruction of slavery.” The MGCA was the first all-black abolitionist organization in the United States. The MGCA later merged with William Lloyd Garrison’s New England Anti-Slavery Society, which was then renamed the Boston Anti-Slavery Society.

Celebrating Juneteenth
2022

This past Juneteenth the Mystic Valley Area Branch supported local celebrations including Woburn and Malden!

"Making Your Voice Matter with Lawmakers" Book Club
We often encourage our members to contact their government officials about specific issues. Tuesday April 26th, we will host a Zoom book discussion.The branch has purchased several copies of the book -- if you would like a free copy (while supplies last) or if you have questions, please contact Greg Bartlett.

In case you missed it you can view the 13th annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. The virtual event, hosted by AdMeTech Foundation  and the Prostate Cancer Action Council, featured leaders from our legislature, medicine and advocacy discussing the cutting-edge advances in patient care and the programs to expedite their transfer to patients, including health policies and community education. LEARN MORE!

This past January, the Mystic Valley Area Branch supported numerous Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations. In case you missed them, you can watch the 34th Annual MLK Jr. Observance held virtually in Arlington.

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MLK Medford 2022
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Check out the Get The Lead Out event
Here

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Winchester Town Day 2021

PUSHOUT:
A Community Discussion

JUNETEENTH 2021

Members of the branch participated in numerous Juneteenth events taking place across the Mystic Valley area. Celebrations and observances took place in Woburn, Medford,  Malden , Arlington, Everett, Winchester and the  First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington . Juneteenth flags were raised, speeches, poetry, music and more were parts of the celebrations. Check out some photos from the events and recordings!