For over a century, the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County Branch of the NAACP
has been promoting the dream of equality and opportunity for all.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO general membership meeting on Monday, May 25th due to the Memorial Day holiday.
ACT-SO National Competition in Philadelphia is only 2 months away!
We're are calling on all high school students in grades 9-12! The ACT-SO Committee is available to meet with any group or school to discuss the program. Contact Carolyn Riley-Payne, the ACT-SO chair, at 206-324-6600 or email@example.com
Why Support ACT-SO?
"26 days ago ACT-SO has positively affected me in so many ways. I was extremely shy and introverted when I first joined the program my freshman year of high school. Ironically enough, that first year I decided to compete in oratory. Facing my fear of public speaking not only helped me out of my shell but it also led me to compete in more speech competitions all over the nation. Beyond all of that, I was also able to network with not only the nations brightest and most talented African-American students but professionals as well. ACTSO was absolutely life changing for me and I believe it helped shape me into the woman that I am today". - Manjit Golden
ACT-SO In the News:
March 18, 2015
Carolyn Riley-Payne named one of the year's Trailblazers and Role Models. "Over the years, she has worked tirelessly helping young people realize who they are, what they have to offer while walking into their fullest potential".
January 29, 2015
ACT-SO on the Seattle Medium Podcast
Rhythm & News interview by Chris Bennett with ACT-SO Chair Carolyn Riley-Payne about the NAACP ACT-SO Competition's, Seattle's recent national medalist and the upcoming competition season.
Do You Know What To Do When Stopped By Law Enforcement?
Be safe not sorry! Secure and read the NAACP real world guide to interacting with law enforcement, "The 411 On The Five-O" brochure. Free copies are available at the Seattle King County NAACP Office (715 23rd Ave. S). Office hours are 10am-12:3pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you desire a copy and cannot stop by the office, please call 206-324-6600 and leave a message.
How to file a discrimination complaint:
If you have a Civil/Human Rights or Discrimination complaint that needs to be investigated, please click here for more information.
Want to get involved?
Seattle King County NAACP, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, and the Loren Miller Bar Association meet on May 9th.
The executive boards of the Loren Miller Bar Association, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, and Seattle King County NAACP
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President Hankerson visits Baltimore
Earlier this month, President Hankerson visited Baltimore and spoke with the community, police officers, and national guardsman while driving around the city. Among the photos below, President Hankerson stopping by the location where Freddie Gray was arrested, the militaristic state of the city and the crowd as the City Prosecutor announced her office was filing charges against 6 officers.
President Hankerson speaks about his experience with KOMO Radio from the streets of Baltimore.
Featured Press Mentions:
May 7, 2015
Every Junior Walks Out on Common Core Test at Nathan Hale High School
Every one of the juniors at Nathan High School in Seattle followed a growing trend in schools across America last month by deciding not to take the Smarter Balance Assessment Curriculum—an exam designed around the controversial new Common Core standards. The 280 students will be earning a “0” for their boycott of the new test, but according to a Seattle Public Schools spokesperson, it’s an exam many juniors don’t need in order to graduate.
May 6, 2015
Civil rights groups blast parents opting their kids out of high-stakes tests. Why they are wrong
On April 7th Gerald Hankerson, the President of the Seattle/King County NAACP chapter launched a press conference against the new Common Core, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), tests, by saying, “…the Opt Out movement is a vital component of the Black Lives Matter movement and other struggles for social justice in our region. Using standardized tests to label Black people and immigrants ‘lesser,’ while systematically under-funding their schools, has a long and ugly history in this country.”
May 1, 2015
NAACP Confronts Local School Board
NAACP members accuse the leaders of 'America's most diverse school district,' of not doing enough to hire teachers of color during a heated board meeting. KING's Natalie Swaby reports.
as we work towards a just, equitable and equal society.