I hear so many folks talk negative about the NAACP. The NAACP is just like any group, the church, family, friends and whatever because you will find some bad damn apples in almost every bunch.
I joined the NAACP in 1993 and I did so not because I had a personal issue but only because I want to be a voice for the voiceless.
I will never forget what I endured when I joined the branch. Because I was the youngest member I caught hell but I also got some special privileges because I was the youngest member and active. Some of these guys were just nasty as hell. They had no respect for me because first of all I came in and educated myself on the Constitution and By-laws of the NAACP.
These guys talked about where I worked, how I dressed, the car I drove (a damn 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood) that I purchased for $1500. It only had 50,000 mile on it but had a diesel engine. I put a gas engine in it. It was a pretty car with all the bells and whistles including a built in CB radio. Hell they had new cars.
I was appointed to the office of 1st Vice President because they wanted the branch to look good by having a young man in office. Well I accepted the position but I told them I wanted the record to show that I accepted the position but I have a problem that the branch did not have a real election. I held them folks accountable for their actions and I made them start having elections.
The first year we had the elections I ran for president because there was a group of folks whom were trying to remove Loraine Harris the best secretary the branch has had since I have been a member of the Rocky Mount Branch since 1993. She ran the NAACP, was the contact person when someone had a problem and she worked hard as hell to raise money for the branch. The NAACP State Headquarters sent a state vice president and another person to sit in on our election. My wife and a couple of others found there was ballots already in the ballot box before the polls were open. The state vice president did not secure those ballots so we could deal with the issue but that was because they were trying to keep the current president in office. Well I knew I wouldn’t win with the crew that was active because they didn’t do the mailings and advertise the election like they suppose to. I didn’t want the president position, I did it so I could have access to the entire list of the members because those running for President could get the list unlike all others. I didn’t win and they removed Loraine Harris as secretary.
Over the years I was able to recruit some folks and we were able to remove the crew that was using the organization as a social group to go to conventions, banquets and etc. at the expense of the branch. Well I went to those events and I was there set up and videoing and they didn’t even know I was there, unless it was a convention and I was a delegate, then they knew I was going. I always drove never carpooled with them.
Not only did I attend my branch meetings but I attended the Edgecombe County branch when I worked with our District Director to help get the Tarboro branch charter back. I moved my membership over to help them out and I served as vice president while Bobbie Jones the new mayor of Princeville served as President. He chose not to run for another term and I could have probably got elected to be president but I didn’t want that. Matter of a fact I stepped all the way out of being an officer and only chose to be on the Executive Board. I wanted to see some younger folks hold office so they could attempt to bring in some more young folks. Yolanda Thigpen was elected as President. I stayed in for a short while but then moved my membership back to my branch in Rocky Mount.
I attended my branch monthly meetings on Sunday, I attended the Edgecombe County monthly meetings and Wilson County monthly meetings because the president over there was on the N.E.E.D Inc. board where I was the vice chair in the early 90’s. I also attended some of the Pitt County meetings some months.
I have served on the state executive committee.
I could go on but I just wanted to share some information about where I stand with the NAACP. Again I am a proud Life Fully Paid Member of the NAACP because I know the mission of the NAACP inspite of those who down the NAACP do not even take the time to read the mission online. I know what the NAACP has done over the years and continue to do. I will not allow a few bad apples to sway me from standing on the side of justice and fighting the good fight with the NAACP.
I am Curmilus Dancy II a life fully paid member of the Rocky Mount NAACP and I a proud to be a card carrying member of the NAACP along with my LIFE MEMBERSHIP PLAQUE.