Celebrate Kwanzaa into 2021
Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of Africa, including West and Southeast Africa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966.
Umoja (unity): commemorates togetherness not only in family, friend and community groups but in the world African population
Kujichagulia (self-determination): honors the ability to define, create and speak for the self
Ujima (collective work and responsibility): focuses on communal problem-solving and consensus-building
Ujamaa (cooperative economics): spotlights sharing work and wealth and following non-exploitative business practices that benefit the whole community
Nia (purpose): a commitment to upholding black history and heritage and regaining prominence as a culture
Kuumba (creativity): explores the obligation to beautify the community for future generations
Imani (faith): focuses on being positive and believing in the potential of the self and the community as a whole
District 90 Voting Starts Jan. 19
DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) has finalized details for the special election to fill the vacant Georgia House District 90 seat, previously held by long-time lawmaker Pamela Stephenson. On Friday, Jan. 15, DeKalb VRE’s board unanimously approved early voting and drop box locations for the Democratic primary election.
Advance Voting Information
The DeKalb County Board of Health will open registration for Phase 1A+ on Friday, starting at noon. Appointments will start on Monday.
A registration and appointment link will be available on the dekalbhealth.net
homepage. Individuals without access to the internet or those with special needs can call 404-294-3700 to obtain assistance from a call center representative.
Eligible groups in Phase 1A+ include:
- Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
- Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
- Adults aged 65 and older and their caregivers as applicable
- Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders
Please note, unless individuals fall into one of the above populations, spouses and family members are not eligible for vaccine administration at this time.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
January 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
We are going virtual for the general membership meeting on Saturday. Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m.
Agenda for Saturday's Meeting
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 890 6900 0017 Passcode: 298899 +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
General Membership meetings are the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
Executive Committee meetings are the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (unless notified of a change in meeting times)
NAACP DeKalb Affirmation: Yesterday, enslavement. Today, liberty. With all my might and the grace of God, I shall fight to be forever free
When We Fight, We Win.
COVID19 slowed us down but it did not stop us. NAACP DeKalb installed a plaque in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse in Remembrance of the lynching and racial terror against Black people in the county. A formal ceremony will be held later after a change in the shelter-in-place order for this pandemic. More details coming soon.
Discrimination is real. It happens everyday and it could happen to you. If you have a discrimination complaint about an event that has occurred in DeKalb County Georgia let us know. Contact us.
We ask that those who seek our assistance put their complaint in writing, provide as much information as possible. The Legal Redress committee will contact you within 3 business days in an attempt to help where possible, or provide guidance to individuals on how to exercise their rights. The NAACP Dekalb County Branch may provide legal information and assistance to concerned citizens, but does not provide legal advice or legal information via e-mail. For legal advice, you should consult a local attorney.
Join us on this journey; then show a loved one that you care by giving them the gift that works. Give a NAACP membership for birthdays, wedding gifts, graduations, and special occasions. The NAACP works for you.