The success of the NAACP depends not only on services the civil rights organization renders for its constituents, but on the membership within its organization and those newly recruited.
"Our ability to speak on behalf of this community depends upon the members we bring into this organization," said Madeleine C. Taylor, executive director of the Memphis Branch NAACP. "This task has been assigned to a number of dedicated membership workers who regularly solicit NAACP memberships from their family, church, social and civic organizations."
Taylor acknowledged during the organization's regular branch meeting (Aug. 26) at Mt. Olive CME Church that a number of individuals were being recognized for making annual contributions to the "lifeblood" of the organization.
These individuals, who are called "membership workers," submitted $1,000 or more in memberships and were honored with the Million Dollar Medallion for their work between July 2011 and June 2012, Taylor said.
The honored workers were: Barbara Alston, Mattie Anderson, Billie Ballentine, Debra Brown, Lindsey Burgess, M.P. Carter, Juanita Chambers, Barbara Davis, Dr. Warner Dickerson, V. Lynn Evans, Megan Ford, Donna Graves, Stephanie Greer, April Higgenbottom, Dorothy Johnson, Emori Loving, William McChriston, II, Victoria Neal, Alfreda Payne, Charlie Mae Reed, Barbara T. Scott, Ann Smith, Maxine A. Smith, Clayborne Taylor, Madeleine C. Taylor, Johnnie R. Turner, Macelle Turner, Ruby Wharton, Ruby Wilkerson, Ethel Jean Williamson and Marica Wright.
Youth members recognized were represented by their parents because they have left for college).
Thirteen membership workers also were honored for soliciting 100 memberships or more during the past year. They were Barbara Alston, Lindsey Burgess, April Higgenbottom, Dorothy Johnson, William McChriston, III, Victoria Neal, Barbara T. Scott, Maxine A. Smith, Johnnie R. Turner, Macelle Turner, Ruby Wharton and Ruby Wilkerson.
During the branch meeting, Taylor spoke appreciatively about the honorees for making Memphis the largest branch in the country. Houston has the second largest branch in the country followed by the branch in Detroit
The branch's Memphis Youth Council was recognized at the recent National NAACP Convention for being the largest Youth Council in the nation. Leaders of the NAACP Membership committee, Barbara T. Scott and Janice Frazier Scott, presented membership plaques to the members who completed their life membership commitment.
The celebration concluded with the kickoff of the fall membership campaign, and thus began the community appeal for annual adult memberships for $30 and youth memberships for $10. Commitments to the NAACP can be renewed online at www.NAACPMemphis.com or by contacting the Memphis Branch NAACP at 901-521-1343.