Past President: Liz Sherwin
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.
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.
Berlinda Tyler-Jamison (past first vice-president and state convention chair) became the branch's president in 2015 and welcomes the opportunity to help move the branch to its next level.
Those community leaders included Jim Kerr, Lauren Loftin, Liz Sherwin, Berlinda Tyler-Jamison, Bryon and Rexie Tyson and many more. After diligent work and recruitment of over 50 members the Rock Island County NAACP was re-chartered by delegates to the national organization at the 2004 national convention of the NAACP. After it was re-chartered in 2004, Lauren Loftin was elected as the branch's new president. She continued in that position from 2004 through 2007 during the very formative years of branch operations. Elizabeth Sherwin became president in 2008 and helped carry the branch to the next level. She helped provide the critical infrastructure the branch required to carry forth its commitment to equity.