August & September Newsletter

The Fort Wayne NAACP has been having a large time for two months! August was kicked off by the planning phase of the 74th Annual Marjorie D. Wickliffe Freedom Fund Banquet. The event took place on September 12, 2019 and the room was filled with Fort Wayne’s finest award recipients, sponsors, community leaders, and citizens of the city. Link’s Wonderland’s reception hall was decorated in beautiful golds, yellow and black. Pure elegance! Thank you to all that came to support this tremendous function!

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We would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors Parkview, Sweetwater-Lisa and Chuck, Alpha Rae Personnel, Questa, ABM, and St. Community Health Foundation. A very special thank you to our keynote speaker of the night Richard Gilbert Womack Sr. for the amazing speech about the importance of voting…which reminds us to tell you to VOTE!

Advocating for Victims

Congratulations to Madam President Sheila Curry-Campbell for being sworn into the Domestic Violence, Rape, and Sexual Harassment Board. Thank you for your continued service to the community.

SAVE – Student Against Violence Everywhere

Brought to you by The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation

Our branch looks forward to the partnership with Fort Wayne Community Schools and all the awesome work!

Vincennes University-Early College Programs Fort Wayne Local Career Coaching Grant-Partner

The Fort Wayne Branch of the NAACP is now on the Advisory Board for the Vincennes University-Early College Programs Fort Wayne
Local Career Coaching Grant-Partner! We want our community to be economically empowered! Grateful to put our efforts forth into this program.

A Loved and Revered Leader

The Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch 3053 today lost one of our finest Freedom Fighters when Byron Ratcliffe Sr. passed away after a long illness.

Byron was Second Vice President of NAACP Branch 3053 and the NAACP State Criminal Justice Chair since 2011. A retired educator and soldier, he dedicated his life to civic engagement, human development and community service. He served on many boards, including NAACP, Kappa Alpha Psi, the American Legion, Knights of St. Peter Claver and the Masonic order.

As a criminal justice advocate, Byron advocated for legislative actions to end racial profiling and the death penalty and halt disparities in sentencing for people of color. He also worked for legislation and policies to provide restorative justice for returning citizens from the penal system to ensure a successful return to society while putting an end to recidivism.

Byron was also the husband of Greater Indianapolis Branch President Chrystal Ratcliffe.

The Branch sends our deepest condolences to Chrystal and the Ratcliffe family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends may send notes and cards of condolence to the branch office at:

Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch 3053
300 E. Fall Creek Parkway, North Drive
Indianapolis IN 46205

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