ABOUT US

Learn more about the NAACP, our work in Bartholomew County and the impact we make.

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. 
 
For more than a century the NAACP has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

NAACP GAME CHANGERS

There are six Game Changers that address the major areas of inequality facing African Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work:
  1. Economic Sustainability
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Public Safety and Criminal Justice
  5. Voting Rights and Political Representation
  6. Expanding Youth and Young Adult Engagement
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Image: Olisa Humes, former President of NAACP Columbus/Bartholomew Branch addresses the crowd at an event. 
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Image: Protesters stand at Columbus City Hall during a Solidarity Rally, coordinated by NAACP and the African American Pastors Alliance

MISSION

Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

VISION STATEMENT

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
 

SUPPORTING BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES

With a goal of  building Black wealth in our community, the Bartholomew Columbus NAACP Branch has developed the TIME Program, a partnership with Cummins Inc. and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Image: Small business owner, Ray Gipson cuts a customers hair at Coaches Cutz. Image from Video by Ryan Furr >
 

LOCAL LEADERSHIP

The NAACP Bartholomew/Columbus Branch 3071 Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of people who are passionate about political, educational, social, and economic equality. 
Johnnie Edwards, President
Olisa Humes, Vice President
Jacquie Bontrager-McCann, Secretary
Cara Bywater, Assistant Secretary
Lesley Bradley, Treasurer
John McCann, Assistant Treasurer
David A. Bosley
Stephanie Carmer 
Tracey Clark 
Whitney Gains
Jessica Gorham

JOIN NAACP TODAY

Take a stand. Answer the call for equality.
 
Answer the call for civil rights.
 
Join the oldest and boldest civil rights
organization in the nation.
Complete our membership application and send to:
naacp.barth3071@gmail.com
NAACP Bartholomew/Columbus
Branch 3071
1531 13th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
 
NAACP Columbus/Bartholomew Branch 3071
United Way Building
1531 13th Street
Columbus, IN 47201