The NAACP was formed in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to helping to right social injustices. On February 12, over the signatures of 60 people, the "Call" was issued for a meeting on the concept of creating an organization that would be an aggressive watchdog of Negro liberties. This event marks the founding of the NAACP.
Striving to achieve Economic Sustainability for every person who lives in Rock Island County, one city at a time. Every person will have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security.
Striving to achieve a free, high-quality, public education for every child who lives in Rock Island County, one city at a time. Every child will receive a free, high-quality, equitably-funded, public pre-K and K-12 education followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education.
Striving to achieve health equality for all persons living in Rock Island County, one city at a time, including a healthy life and high-quality health care. Everyone will have equal access to affordable, high-quality health care, and racially disparate health outcomes will end.
Striving to achieve Public Safety and Criminal Justice for all persons living in Rock Island County seeking Equitable dispensation of justice for all, one city at a time. Disproportionate incarceration, racially motivated policing strategies, and racially biased, discriminatory, and mandatory minimum sentencing will end. Incarceration will be greatly reduced and communities will be safer. The death penalty will be abolished at the state and federal level, as well as in the military.
Striving to achieve Voting Rights and Political Representation for all persons living in Rock Island County, one city at a time. Every American will have free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote and fair representation at all levels of the political process. By protecting democracy, enhancing equity, and increasing democratic participation and civic engagement, African Americans will be proportionally elected to political office.Type your paragraph here.
Mrs. Bonnie J. Ballard is a retired Educator and Army Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer with a total of 55 years of service. She attended early school years in Enterprise and Quitman, MS. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education with minors in English and Social Studies and a Master of Guidance and Counseling Education Degree from Delta State University, Cleveland, MS.
She was very instrumental in the 1960-61 era as a teacher to ensure students were provided equal access to education. Her persistence and determination for equality for Black students paid off for her. In 1970 the Rock Island Public School system was looking for a Black Counselor with a Master’s Degree. She fulfilled that need. She excelled in this capacity. She was elected and served as the first Black female president of the Rock Island Education Association 1979-1982. Under her leadership, one of the most lucrative contracts was negotiated for teachers and staff members in the State of Illinois.
Because of her involvement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) over the years, she was recently elected President of the Rock Island County NAACP Branch 3268. Mrs. Ballard holds many licenses, certificates, and organizational memberships.
The Rock Island County NAACP is a branch in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and is non-partisan. For more than a century, the organization has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Our local branch was re-organized in 2003 when long time community activist, Vince Thomas called upon respected community leaders in Rock Island County to help re-vitalize this civil rights organization in the Illinois Quad Cities area.
Mrs. Bonnie Ballard