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Jeanette Ellis-Royston

The past twenty-four months has been a wonderful experience filed with love and Challenges, I would not change it for the highest lottery. The friends and associates I've met along the way have encouraged me to stand firm on my leadership decisions.

At this time I want to thank Pomona Valley Branch's one hundred plus members for financial sacrifice and those of you who has volunteered to chair and work on various committees and events. We have been involved every month and partnered with Latino Round Table, National Council of Negro Women, League of Women Voter of Claremont, Pomona Unified School District, City of Pomona, Macedonia Baptist Church/Community Center, and Social Justice Advocacy Project. Our Monthly Community Dialogue and Interfaith Dialogue, have been an instrument to build partnership and positive race relationship in the Pomona Valley. Download a list of our 2014-2016 activities in the community here.

Voter registration and urging the US Congress to immediately pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 to restore, repair and strengthen crucial Voting Rights Protections before the November 8, 2016 election, is our top priority this year. Hundreds of voters are disenfranchised with the voting present system. Remembering NAACP Mission and Vision is to Decrease Injustice and Promote Equality and Liberty for all Human Beings. The Civil Rights movement has showed us change comes from individuals who have a passion for right and wrong.

Madam Alice Huffman with Jeanette Ellis-Royston
Madam Alice Huffman
and Jeanette Ellis-Royston

Having attended two NAACP National Conventions, three California - Hawaii State Conference Convention and three President's Retreats, I have learned that NAACP is bigger than me, you, even bigger than the State of California. There are over 2000 branches and units complying of approximately 425,000 members Nationwide. The Pomona Valley Branch 1085B is a one of the 2000 local branch, how amazing is that?

Jeanette Ellis-Royston
NAACP, Pomona Valley Branch #1085B
May, 2015


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The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.


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.


The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution - the principal objectives of the Association shall be:

  • To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
  • To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
  • To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
  • To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
  • To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
  • To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.