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A big Freedom Fund thank you!
On November 18th, 2017, the Okaloosa County Branch NAACP celebrated our 28th annual Freedom Fund Banquet. We celebrated another successful event because of the steadfast support of the local churches, fraternities, sororities, civic organizations and individuals in Okaloosa County and the surrounding areas.
Your support allows the Branch to provide ongoing workshops to the community about the NAACP Game Changers. And for two to four of members to attend three-day quarterly training with the Florida State Conference in Orlando, Florida. In 2018 we will provide a more robust workshop schedule to spread the knowledge and expertise to improve our community.


Six Major Areas of Inequality

In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century. The six NAACP Game Changers below address the major areas of inequality facing African Americans and other disadvantaged groups that are the focus of the NAACP’s work, including areas of Health, Economic Stability, Education, Public Safety, and Voting Rights.

Locally, we will continue to work on clearer messages regarding strategies and plans and will attend training so that members can adapt the aims of the plan to the needs of our community and move it to action. Member feedback will be sent into national level discussions in order to identify the resources and support needed for members to be successful in local communities.


Okaloosa County School District Accountability; Gains overshadowed by leadership accountability

We have seen our school district soar to an A+ in the statewide grading system, while unbeknownst to the vast majority of the population, evidence shows there are several concerns on the equitable treatment of our children under the supervision of the Superintendent of Schools, Mary Beth Jackson. "In terms of student achievement, Okaloosa Schools have soared from 11th in the state in 2013 to 4th in the state in 2015. With the release of the 2014-2015 school grades, I am elated to see that Okaloosa Schools are ranked number 2 in the state in the percentage of A+ schools. This type of progress does not occur by chance. The credit goes to our outstanding students and the purposeful and deliberate actions of our teachers, staff, and administrators”, stated Mrs. Jackson. 

Read more: Okaloosa County School District Accountability; Gains overshadowed by leadership accountability



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