On the evening of April 10th, the Springfield Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) held a reorganization rally. The reorganization effort is being led by Rev. Garner.
Jimmie Garland, 3rd vice-president of the Tennessee State Conference of Branches and president of the Clarksville Branch, addressed the gathering of some sixty residents and citizens. He noted that their mayor had issued a press statement declaring “that as long as the branch had the right kind of leaders and membership, the NAACP was welcome in Springfield!” Garland thanked the mayor for his warm endorsement. He stressed that Rev. Garner was just the kind of strong leader needed to helm the resurgent branch. He continued that people often fear the presence of the NAACP because they always see it as a threat to their comfortable ways. However, he said that is not, and need not, always be the case.
The NAACP believes in advocating for everyone’s civil rights. Membership is not restricted to just Blacks. Hispanics and Latinos, Native Americans, Jews, Caucasians, legal immigrant,or illegal immigrant, men , women and children, heterosexual, gay, young or old. The NAACP is a civil rights advocacy organization that cares for everyone’s civil rights.