Reflecting on 2021
As we look back on 2021, we can all feel pride about our accomplishments this past year. From the award of $15k in scholarships to local LCPS students to the charter of our first Loudoun Youth Council, from a successful seventh annual Golf Fundraiser to the establishment of permanent space for NAACP Loudoun in Douglas High School, from our first ever Holiday Market in partnership with Loudoun Shops Black to our voter outreach efforts – it was a very busy year with lots to be proud of!
LCPS Conciliation Discussions
Continued conciliation discussions with LCPS on the first investigation ever conducted by the Virginia Attorney General’s office, into allegations of systemic racial discrimination in a Virginia public school division.
Loudoun Freedom Center Gifted Deed to Sycolin Cemetery
The Sycolin Community Cemetery is a historic African American cemetery located on town-owned property next to the Leesburg Executive Airport. The cemetery was associated with the Lower Sycolin community, an African American community established in the 1870s, and with the former Sycolin Union Church, now referred to as the First Baptist Church Sycolin.
COVID-19 Public Health Efforts
Co-Sponsored (10) COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
HB 1980, Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship Program
Successfully worked with Delegate David Reid and others to pass HB 1980, Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship Program. This bill called for five public colleges and universities in the state to offer college scholarships to the descendants of enslaved workers. These universities are now required to provide the descendants of enslaved workers full four-year scholarships along with their choice of attending any of these five schools. The five state universities built before 1865 include — Longwood University, the University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, and the College of William & Mary
7th Annual Golf Tournament
Held a successful 7th Annual Golf Tournament. This fundraiser contributed to the $15,000 in scholarships, awarded to local Loudoun County students.
LCPS Grants NAACP Loudoun Permanent Use Space at Douglas
Space in the high school will be used as a historical museum and serve as our primary operating space
Power of Allyship Workshop Series
In partnership with our Interfaith community members, the inaugural Power of Allyship Workshop was launched this year. These workshops made space for our community to have difficult conversations on what it means to be an ally.
First-ever Honors African American History Course
Successfully advocated for the first-ever Honors African American History Course now available to our Loudoun High School students.
March to the Polls
Inspired early voter turnout with two March to the Polls events, in partnership with Jack & Jill of America and Delta Sigma Theta
Postcard Mailing Campaign
Conducted a Post Card mailing campaign - mailing over 3000 post cards to Loudoun County residents for voter registration deadlines.
Loudoun County Community “Votercade”
Partnered with our Community Partner, Delta Sigma Theta to conduct the Loudoun County Community “Votercade”. The purpose of the Votercade is to promote voting rights reforms nationwide and defeat the voter suppression efforts sweeping the country.
Souls to the Polls
Via our "Souls to the Polls" efforts, we successfully fought to have Sunday- before-Election-Day-voting codified by the Loudoun Board of Elections.
Holiday Small Business Market
The NAACP Loudoun collaborated with Loudoun Shops Black and the Loudoun Freedom Center to produce our inaugural Holiday Small Business Market. Over 25+ vendors from educational activities and toys to consultants with comic books, from pottery to polish, make-up and hair, over 200 patrons flowed in to witness MBE talent at our holiday fair.
Held a June 2021 SWaM Symposium – our Economic Development Committee collaborated with Small Business Supplier Diversity (SBSD) + Virginia PTAC + Fairfax + Loudoun County + LCPS procurement officials to deliver expertise and guidance for our small business owners to help them navigate the local, state, and federal government contracting process.
Orion Anderson Memorial Reflection Space
Dedicated Orion Anderson Memorial Reflection Space, in memory of a young man who was lynched in our own county.
Committee Chair for Virginia NAACP State Convention
Loudoun Branch awarded Time & Place Committee Chair for the 86th Annual Virginia NAACP State Convention
NOVA Data Center Academy
Loudoun Freedom Center & Microsoft partner to create NOVA Data Center Academy.
Loudoun County's First Black Female Judge
Lori Sinclair becomes the first black female Judge in Loudoun County.
$3000 Ordered Donation
Local man ordered to donate $3k to the NAACP, after assaulting Patricia Razeghi and Kathy Beynette.
Confederate Monument Removed
“Silent Sentinel” Confederate Monument removed from Loudoun Courthouse grounds.
BBQ & Backpacks
Held members-only summer cook-out and backpack drive, collecting over 70 backpacks for donation to LCPS children.
“Fiscal Friday” Trainings
Collaborated with Bank of Clarke County, to offer financial literacy and lending strategies to our small business community through our “Fiscal Friday” trainings.
Fundraising & Youth Engagement
Our Youth Committee held several game nights to engage our local youth and support fundraising – to include a Bolt Bingo and Spades Tournament. They also continued their collaboration with Loudoun Mentors and the Lightridge Black Student Union.
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