New year, new speakers. Join the Clark County Historical Museum for the First Thursday Speaker Series on Thursday, February 7th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Guests will learn about the NAACP Generations: Vancouver NAACP Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Hear from past (Earl Ford), current (Bridgette Fahnbulleh), and future (Jasmine Rucker Tolbert) presidents of the NAACP Vancouver Branch 1139. The group moderator will be Jane Elder Wulff, a local author.
Bridgette Fahnbulleh stated, “The Vancouver NAACP was established during World War II when better-paying jobs in the shipyards brought forth the single largest increase in Vancouver’s African American population. For more than 70 years, the organization has served the local community by working to combat and eradicate racial discrimination in the area.”
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Attendees will learn about the organization’s early history, as well as how it has evolved with contemporary stories and accomplishments. They’ll look back on when some of the first African American families came to Vancouver in the 1940s, looking for wartime jobs. Then Earl Ford will discuss his ten-year presidency, followed by Bridgette Fahnbulleh with current priorities and progress.
According to Fahnbulleh, “There is a strong need in Clark County for culturally affirming resources to inspire and support our diverse community members. Many people are feeling culturally isolated. The NAACP can help to address these issues, enrich our community, and help us reach our potential of a more inclusive and diverse community.”
Rounding out the presentation, future president Tolbert will discuss NAACP’s vision looking forward.
Admission for this event is just $5, $4 for students and seniors, children under 18 are $3 and with a CCHM membership, it is free. Be sure to get there early to ensure your spot as space fills up early and is on a first come first serve basis.