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The Mystic Valley Area Branch's roots lie in the work of civic leaders from the West Medford community. The late Rev. Oscar Phillips of the Shiloh Baptist Church and Mr. Wallace Kountze, who was elected the branch’s first President, were the branch's early leaders. In August of 1977 they sent a list of 97 new members to the National office of the NAACP to apply for our own Charter. In October of 1977 the national office recognized Medford as an official branch.


Young members were a significant part of the new branch. A sufficient number of young people signed up to create a youth group within a year of the adult branch’s formation.


The Medford Branch ultimately changed its name to the Mystic Valley Area Branch, to grow and incorporate the energy from neighboring communities wanting become active in civil rights advocacy. 


Zane Crute, President

David Kilpatrick, Vice President

Doug Carr, 2nd Vice President

Schiffon Wong, 3rd Vice President/Chair of Reparations Committee

Clarence ("Ed") Ligon, Tresurer

Greg Bartlett, Secretary

Cornelius Prioleau, Chair of Economic Development & Housing Committee

Patricia Shepard, Chair of Political Action Committee

Regina Caines, Chair of Education Committee

Joseph Jones, Chair of Membership Committee

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Criminal Justice

Education Opportunity

Health Equity

Economic Development with Justice

Equal Access to Justice

Youth Empowerment


Economic Development & Housing


Political Action


Legal Redress




Rapid Response

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