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2022 Archives

Akron NAACP Online Archives


November 6, 2022 - Akron NAACP Freedom Fund Event

Sunday, November 6, 2:00 pm at the John S. Knight Center

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November 6, 2022 - Akron organizes March for Jayland Walker

Photo Credit: Ryan Loew / Ideastream Public Media

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November 4, 2022 - Akron NAACP on Issue 10

Photo Credit: Anna Huntsman / Ideastream Public Media


September 6, 2022 - Charter Amendment

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron NAACP will host a press conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 292 E. Market St.

The event is to address a community-led charter amendment proposal to improve police-community relations by creating a Citizens' Police Oversight Board for Akron.

  • Akron NAACP, Freedom BLOC, and other community organizers gathered 7,000 signatures to put the amendment on the ballot

  • The proposal will not provide the Board or OIPA with any power to control police practices or discipline


January 24, 2022 - Akron NAACP Celebrates Youth

The Akron Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is pleased to invite all Summit County high school students to participate in the 2022 ACT-SO program.

New this year, middle school and high school students can express their creativity in the Sojourner Truth Legacy Showcase. Registration deadline for both is Friday, February 4, 2022. Learn more at ACT-SO, Afro-Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics, is a nationally acclaimed talent and academic program where students compete in five major categories: STEM, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Art and Business. Top finishers receive cash prizes, award packages, scholarships, and more.


Summit County students compete in the Akron ACT-SO Competition on April
23-24, 2022, at the Akron Main Library and Akron Civic Theatre. Gold medal winners advance to the National ACT-SO Competition on July 14-17, 2022, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Registration deadline is February 4, 2022, orientation is February 5, 2022.

NEW: The Akron ACT-SO program is partnering with the Summit Suffrage Centennial Committee for the Sojourner Truth Legacy Showcase to celebrate abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth. Registration is Friday, February 4, 2022, submissions are due February 14, 2022. Entries will be on display during Women's History Month in March, 2022.

Akron ACT-SO is home to four national champions, including Sydney Borges of Uniontown who received the Bronze Medal for Short Story in 2021. Akron ACT-SO is proud to partner with the Akron Civic Theatre, Akron-Summit County Public Library, and the Summit Suffrage Centennial Committee to continue this strong tradition.

Journalist Vernon Jarrett originally presented his “Olympics of the Mind” concept to the DuSable Museum of African American History in 1977. The NAACP adopted the youth achievement program to showcase the scholastic and artistic talents of often overlooked African-American students.


Today, ACT-SO encourages students of every background to strive for greatness – a challenge taken by more than 300,000 participants from 200 plus cities. Notable ACT-SO alumni include: John Singleton, Roy Hargrove, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Anthony Anderson and Kanye West.

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