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November 22, 2019 - 2020 Census-What you need to know and how to complete

The United States Constitution requires that the nation’s population is counted every ten years to ensure equal representation for all communities. The entire population of the United States must be counted, not just citizens. For many reasons, it is vitally important that everyone is counted.

The official count helps to ensure fair political representation. It is used to: allocate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, determine the number of Electoral College votes for each state and create electoral lines for all levels of government. It also provides the foundational basis for addressing disparities in voting, education, housing, employment, healthcare, transportation, redistricting, zoning and criminal justice.

If residents go uncounted, it would mean fewer seats in Congress, fewer Electoral College votes, skewed legislative boundaries, and diminished enforcement of civil rights laws. The Census count also guides distribution of $882 billion annually in federal funds to state, local and tribal governments. Programs and services at risk include schools, hospitals, community centers, roads, transportation, and public safety departments. Marginalized communities will suffer if residents go uncounted.

Communities of color have historically been undercounted in the United States of America. Undercounting of the Black population was first required by law. The Three-Fifths Compromise of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 counted enslaved Black people as three-fifths of a person in apportioning congressional districts for the U.S. House of Representatives. Since then, the Census has severely undercounted the Black population, to great disadvantage in representation, resources and power.

2020 will be the first year that the census will be online. The move from paper to a web questionnaire is intended to prevent undercount by giving more people access to the census. The next census will take place from March through July of 2020.

One individual in each residence will be responsible for completing the census questionnaire. This person is designated as the “head of household” and they have the option of filling out the census online, by mail or by phone. The census questionnaire will ask about the number of individuals who reside in the household in addition to basic information like: gender, ethnicity, race and age.


Step 1: Each household will receive a postcard in the mail with a unique user ID to access the census website. At this time, households can fill out the census questionnaire by telephone or online without the unique user ID. If there’s a discrepancy with identifiable information (i.e.: the address), census staff may call to verify.

Step 2: On March 12, 2020, the head of the household will be able to fill out the census questionnaire by telephone or online. Households do not need to wait until April 1, 2020, to self-respond.

Step 3: On the census website, households will be asked to enter their unique user ID, which will trigger the site to generate a unique pin that will allow individuals to log back in if they need additional sessions to fully answer the questionnaire.

Step 4: If households have not completed the census questionnaire by May 2020, the Census Bureau will begin contacting individuals. By the fourth mailing, households who haven’t responded will receive a paper form.


November 2, 2019 - The Akron NAACP 100th Anniversary Freedom Fund Gala: Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. William Barber II

Malcolm & Crystal Costa & Nick & Cindy Browning are proud to serve as honorary co-chairs for the Akron NAACP 100th Anniversary Freedom Fund Gala.

“When We Fight – We Win.”

It is our hope you will join us as we recognize and honor the historic journey of the Akron NAACP.The Akron NAACP 100th Anniversary Freedom Fund Gala will held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 5:00, at the The John S. Knight Center, 77 E Mill Street, Akron, Ohio.

Supporting sponsors-to-date include the following:

Akron Public Schools
Community Action Akron Summit
Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation
OMNOVA Solutions Foundation
The Reporter
Socially Good TV
Summa Health
Huntington Bank
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.(Xi Chi Chapter)

The NAACP Freedom Fund began in 1953 to intensify efforts to complete the job of emancipation and will continue until the job is complete.

The NAACP, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States history, was founded in 1909 serving individuals regardless of race, creed or color. The mission of the NAACP remains to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. In light of the current social climate in America we need to stand together more than ever.


November 11, 2019 - Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II Biography | Freedom Fund Gala Keynote Speaker

It was a wonderful turnout for the centennial celebration and Freedom Fund Gala of the Akron NAACP at the John S. Knight Center on November 2, 2019. If you missed Rev., Dr. Barber II’s message of, “Stay with the Truth in a Season of Lies,” here is an audio replay on SoundCloud. Spread the word by sharing this message via text or social media.

Learn about the season of lies throughout the Red Summer, President Woodrow Wilson, the statistics of poverty, voting policies, and more. Learn how to stay with the truth, through unity, during the season of lies because when we fight we win.


August 23, 2019 - Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II Biography | Freedom Fund Gala Keynote Speaker

William J. Barber, II is a pastor and social justice advocate building a broad-based grassroots movement, grounded in the moral tenets of faith-based communities and the constitution, to confront systemic racism, poverty, environmental devastation, the war economy and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism in America today.


As pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina (since 1993) and president of the North Carolina conference of the NAACP (2005–2017), Barber approaches social justice through the lens of the ethical and moral treatment of people as laid out in the Christian Bible, the Reconstruction and civil rights movements of the South, and the United States Constitution.


May 30, 2019 - ACT-SO 101

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO provides a forum through which youth of African descent demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.

ACT-SO is rooted in the firm conviction that all students can succeed and compete at the same or superior levels as their counterparts in classrooms, boardrooms and laboratories across this nation and abroad.

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March 28, 2019 - Colorectal Cancer Informational and Open House

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Come, learn, and share at the Colorectal Cancer Informational Open House at Summa Equity Center at New Seasons, on March 28, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There will be a special presentation, food demonstrations and education, vendors, and more. The Colorectal Cancer Informational Open House is presented by the Akron chapter of the NAACP in conjunction with Summa Health.

Colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows the doctor to examine the entire length of the large intestine. Colonoscopy can assist in identifying problems with the colon, such as early signs of cancer, inflamed tissue, ulcers, and bleeding.

Colonoscopy is also used to screen for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. and the third most common cancer in men and women, excluding skin cancers.

There are two types of colorectal cancer:

Colon cancer (also known as bowel cancer) – cancer cells are present in the colon or bowel, the longest part of the large intestine.

Rectal cancer – cancer cells are present in the rectum, the last few inches of the large intestine before reaching the anus.


March 8, 2019 - 2019 Montgomery Alabama Civil Rights Tour

National Lynching Memorial & Museum, Civil Rights Museum (tickets included in cost)


All Hotel rooms are double occupancy

Hotel: Embassy Suites; 300 Tallapoosa St., Montgomery, AL 36104
Complementary Hotel Breakfast & Happy Hour
Lunch and Dinner on your own

Bus: Anderson Coach Lines (Video, WIFI and Cell Phone charger outlets)
Payable to: Akron NAACP, 230 West Center St. Akron, OH 44303 330-573-4986

Sunday night, April 21, 2019, 11:00 pm
1526 Vernon Odom Blvd, Akron, OH 44320

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