On Saturday, October 17, 2009, Evanston/North Shore Branch of the NAACP celebrated its 100th year with pride. Several hundred friends and supporters were in attendance at the Chicago North Shore Holiday Inn in Skokie, Illinois. Chicago personal injury attorney Robert Kreisman attended the event as a member of the NAACP.
According to its President George P. Mitchell, the NAACP has lasted for 100 years because it has been effective and it’s no wonder that “the oldest, the boldest, the most feared, the most revered, the most cussed and discussed civil rights organization” continues to exist.
The keynote speaker was the president of the Illinois Conference of Branches, attorney Donald Jackson of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Jackson traced the history of the 100 year-old volunteer-only organization. The springboard for the organization’s founding was a violent and deadly race riot in Springfield, Illinois in 1908.
Also honored was Evanston’s former, long-time Mayor, Elaine Morton, who received the NAACP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Community Service Award was granted to Theola Murphy, also an Evanston resident, who was saluted for her years of dedication and volunteer service to the community. Also receiving awards were Keith Banks and the Sergeant William B. Snell VFW Post #7816.