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

74th Annual Marjorie D. Wickliffe Freedom Fund Banquet – Press Release 8/14/2019

NAACP Fort Wayne/Allen County Branch 3049 honors community activist at 74th Annual Marjorie D. Wickliffe Freedom Fund Banquet, September 12, 2019

It gives us great pleasure to announce the 2019 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Awardees. Upon the recommendation of the Awards Committee several things are considered including years of service impact, leadership and character.·        

Tamesha Fikes, Flagstar Bank – Preston A Lyons Sr. Freedom and Justice Award·         

Martha Thomas & Mary Roberts – Rev. Dr. Clyde Adams Humanitarian Award·         

Cozey Baker, Penta Group – Thurgood Marshall Outstanding Businessperson Award·        

Stephen (Steve) Lanier – Marjorie D. Wickliffe Community Service Award·         

Alisha Shank, Purdue Fort Wayne – Cecil Ellis Academic Freedom Award·         

Freddie Johnson – Medgar Evers Lifetime Achievement Award·         

Dr. Wendy Robinson – Dr. James Breedlove Education Award·         

Denita Washington – Charles Redd Voter Empower Award·        

Stacia Patterson-Kelly – Economic Empowerment Award·        

Greta McKinney – Rev. Dr. J. B. Pressey Literacy Award·       

Paula Causey-West – NAACP Unsung Hero Award·         

Sharon Tubbs – Bernard Stuart Health Award

The committee will formally present the awards during our 74th Annual Marjorie D. Wickliffe Freedom Fund Banquet to be held at Link’s Wonderland, 1711 E. Creighton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803, Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 6:00 PM, our theme this year is “A 2020 Vision for the Future.”

Our illustrious keynote speaker is the dynamic Richard G. Womack Sr, former NAACP Board member for over 20 years advocating for the federal public policy issue agenda of the oldest, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization in the United States to the U.S. Government.Kaitor Kay, Multimedia Journalist WANE TV will Emcee, Charles Lopez – Digital Minds Quartet RB, Jazz and Gospel and Angela SunToucher Patterson, will provide the entertainment with Poetry/Spoken Word. Angela will en the night with a book signing..NAACP will showcase our programs, services, volunteers, and honorees. Please mark this date (Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM) on your calendar. 
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THURSDAY, September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 PM


Keynote Speaker Richard G. Womack Sr.

Richard Gilbert Womack, assistant to American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President John Sweeney, was born, in Danville, Virginia. Soon after his birth, Womack moved with his parents, Louise Patrick and Gilbert Womack, to Darby Township outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended public school, graduating from Darby High School in 1957. After graduation, Womack served in the United States Army in Fort Lee, Virginia, and in 1962, took a job with Reynolds Aluminum that ultimately launched his career with the AFL-CIO.

Womack performed various functions within the AFL-CIO, including holding a position as assistant director of the Human Resources Development Institute in 1971, and serving as director of the Department of Civil Rights in 1986. In 2003, Womack became the assistant to the AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, advising him on civil, human, and women’s rights, immigration issues, and overseeing outreach to community and religious organizations.

While serving the AFL-CIO, Womack also served as a member of the NAACP’s Board of Directors, chairing the National Board of Director’s Labor Committee; Chairman of the Board of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; and as the acting executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Womack received a presidential appointment in January of 1996 to the board of the Federal Prison Industries.

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Action Alert! Background Check Legislation

From mass shootings most recently in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio to street killings throughout our country, dangerously easy access to guns in the U.S. are a major and deadly problem, and one that dis-proportionally impacts communities of color.  Meanwhile, some of our elected officials in “leadership” do nothing.  As of August 6, 2019, there had been 251 mass shootings in the US this year; that’s more than 1 per day.  Enough is enough!

Download the action alert below to see what action you can take today!

July Newsletter

Health Committee Event – Our Healing Kitchen

After 8 intense classes, children and their parents learned how to meal plan, prepare and cook meals that are vegetable enriched for healthier lifestyles. On top of cooking skills, they also learned about bonding in the kitchen as a team. Our Healing Kitchen is fundamentally changing communities and the Fort Wayne NAACP Branch 3049 would like to thank St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview for sponsoring us facilitating the cooking class.

Our Healing Kitchen Closing Day Program


Workshops attended

1. Press Conference 2. NAACP Membership Portal Workshop 3. Delegate Receptions 4. Indiana Delegation Caucus 5. Midwest Region III Caucus 6. Opening Session 7. Veterans Forum 8. Nancy Pelosi 9. President Reception 10. Young Professional Reception 11. President’s Council Reception 12. Voter Mobilization Workshop 13. Resolutions 14. National Elections 15. NexGen Reception 16. Candidate Forum

Awards and Acknowledgements • Flagstar Craft Community Grant ACT-SO • CRATI Midwest Region III Laydown 1st Place • (2 nd and 3 rd Quarter) Indiana State Conference Laydown 1 st Place • Women In NAACP Mother’s Day Contest 1st Place

Pilgrim Baptist Church Victory Garden & Daughter’s of Oshun Heritage Garden

The environmental climate justice is very much important to us so as we geared up for Our Healing Kitchen we also supported local gardens in their initiatives toward food securities and relieve food deserts in Fort Wayne, Allen County.

FWUL Youth Empowerment Program

NAACP Branch 3049 took part in the Fort Wayne Urban League’s Youth Empowerment Program where as children age 14 through 16 were hired and paid to garden, clean the church, and go on educational field trips. They were also taught how to dress for an interview, college readiness, and team building.

Parkview Inaugural Diversity Summit

Missionary Baptist Church Convention – President’s Dinner

The church is the foundation of the NAACP, our members came in support of the objectives of the church through spiritual faith and perseverance!

Fort Wayne NAACP Branch 3049 President Sheila Campbell and Health Chair Stacia Kelly