New scene, new foundation

Breaking Ground with the NAACP

The NAACP has been in the forefront of the civil rights movement for 110 years. It has led the march for equality across all races in education, health care, employment, social justice and with our youth. The NAACP was founded by a group of Black and White activists who were outraged by the ongoing violence, lynchings and mistreatment of Blacks.

In 2019 the fight continues.

Earlier this year the Albany NAACP received a Spectrum grant for an intergenerational project using technology to create new opportunities in the community. The NAACP then partnered with the Howe Branch, with support from The Center for Law and Justice, to launch The New Scene. This new publication is meant to honor and pay homage to the spirit of the historical newspaper The Scene, one of the longest published Black newspapers in Albany.

The New Scene will be primarily an online publication, featuring not just articles but different mixed media as well. Periodically the online publication will also be produced in print in order to reach those with limited access to technology or the internet. The new publication will serve the same need the original Scene did: aggregating community knowledge, events, resources, and talents into a readily accessible publication that is created by people in the community and published for people in the community.

Especially now, it is critical that there be a resource for the community to express itself and obtain information not always captured and presented via local media outlets. The New Scene will be that resource.

As we move forward, the NAACP will be actively engaged in matters that affect the community, through Youth programs including Youth Council and ACT-SO, and wider initiatives around Employment, Health, Education Equality, and Criminal Justice. As we approach 2020 our Civic Engagement work including Voter Education and Registration, Get Out the Vote Campaigns, and Census work making sure everyone gets counted will be extremely important.

Additionally, we pledge to work with Chief Hawkins of the Albany Police Department to stamp out the wave of violence that is overspreading our community.

There is much work to be done but together we can do it.

We’re looking for you. Get a membership, roll up your sleeves, and join us.

NAACP Contact Information:

Albany NAACP

P.O. Box 38205

Albany, N.Y. 12203

(518) 275-0673

Debora Brown-Johnson, President