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6th Annual Membership Luncheon, Walking Challenge, Health Grant, T-shirt design competition and more
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6th Annual Membership Luncheon
Honoring Life Members and Life Member Associations

June 29, 2pm - 5pm
Salvation Army Citadel
13 Trinity Place, Montclair

This year, the membership luncheon will honor those who have worked so hard to establish and uphold the mission and principles of the NAACP. Our keynote speaker is the Honorable Sybil Elias, Presiding Judge in East Orange. There will also be a performance by Diversity Youth Theater.

Ticket prices remain unchanged from last year

  • Regular Adult: $65
  • Subscribing Silver Life: $110
  • Youth/Student: $45
  • Seniors: $55

30-Day Walking Challenge

The Health Committee has started their 30-Day walking challenge at Hurrell Field. Every day at 5pm, the committee will meet at Hurrell Field in Glen Ridge to walk 1 mile, rain or shine. You can walk with the committee or on your own time. Can you keep up with the challenge?

Click here to download the tracking sheet.

Montclair NAACP Receives National Health Grant

The Montclair NAACP received word that they are in receipt of the National NAACP's Healthy Eating, Lifestyle and Physical Activity grant. The grant will be used to provide programs to combat childhood obesity and more. 

"Soul Food Junkies"
Monday May 6, 2013 at 6:30pm 
Glenfield Middle School
25 Maple Ave, Montclair

Screening of  of the PBS documentary, "Soul Food Junkies" with it's Byron Hurt, Writer, Director and Producer of this award winning documentary.

Join us, The Montclair African American Heritage Day Parade and Festival Committee, 4th Ward Councilwoman Dr Renee Baskerville, Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp, Ariane Duartes (Owner of CulinAriane Restaurant and a winner of BRAVO's "Top Chef"), Michael Carrino (Owner of Pig and Prince and winner of Food Network's "Chopped") and Abraham Dickerson (Chef/Caterer of ABE Foods).

A special thank you to the sponsors of the event, the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, Glenfield PTA and School Action Team, Pig and Prince Restaurant and Gastro Lounge, CulinAriane, the Montclair Neighborhood Develoment Corporation, and ABE Foods.

DVDs will be available.


3 Montclair Students Awarded Medals at State ACT-SO Competition

Sunday, April 21, with an auditorium full of parents, students and supporters of the NJ Afro-Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), Montclair students sat on the edge of their seats waiting to hear the results of the competition held the week prior. The Montclair NAACP played host to the NJ State ACT-SO Competition at Montclair High School. Almost 300 students who competed at the State Competition waited anxiously to find out who would be the winners of the coveted state bronze, silver and gold medals.

Three Montclair Students won medals at the State Awards Ceremony: Ayana Ayscue, silver medal in architecture; A’layeah Josianne, silver in filmmaking; and, Mariah Ayscue, silver in Playwriting, bronze in vocal music contemporary and dramatics.

The Montclair NAACP will get the ball rolling for the 2014 ACT-SO team on Saturday, May 11th at noon at the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, 228 Bloomfield Avenue. If you have a high school student, who you would like to participate, come out and meet the chair and some of the volunteers.

For more information, contact Tom Reynolds,

Check out the pictures on Facbeook!

Calling all Artist!

Montclair NAACP Host T-Shirt Design Competition

The Montclair NAACP is looking for entries to the T-shirt design competition. The shirt will be the one worn by members who march in the 24th Annual Montclair African American Heritage Day Parade and Festival. The t-shirt design should include the NAACP logo and symbolize the parade, Montclair and the NAACP. 

The winning t-shirt designer will receive a $100 prize (for members) or $70 and 1-year NAACP membership (for non-members).

Entries are due by May 18th at 10am. Email designs to

Tom Reynolds to Speak at Leadership 500

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has approached Montclair NAACP President Tom Reynolds to speak at the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit ( As the youngest president of an adult branch, Reynolds will be speaking about Economic Development and community involvement. He joins with other young presidents, including Akosua Tyus, who worked with Reynolds to produce a national resolution to address young adult leadership mentoring, recruitment and retention.

Reynolds was approached by the office of the Chairman of the NAACP, Roslyn Brock, to be a speaker at Leadership 500 for his work in Economic Development, having hosted multiple financial literacy workshops, youth economic empowerment workshops and more. Chairman Brock took a visit to Montclair last October to speak at the Montclair NAACP’s 96th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner.

“I want to highlight the work that can be done with useful partnerships,” said Reynolds, “we have partnered with the Financial Planning Association, Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, Valentine Global, the Budgetnista, Investors Savings Bank and others to make sure that the best information reaches the largest cross-section of our members. We had people as young as middle school students to 80-plus year old seniors participate in our Financial Well Being workshop series. And we want to reach more.” Financial Literacy is never seen as an entertaining topic, but the speakers lined up by the NAACP tries to change that view.

Leadership 500 offers a venue for corporate, business, academic, community, and civic leaders to participate in 2 ½ days of thought provoking, interactive panel discussions, strategy sessions that provide the opportunity for the NAACP to directly engage them in its current civil rights agenda.

The NAACP 9th Annual Leadership 500 Summit May 23 – 26, 2013 in Naples, Florida.

We are proud of Tom as he represents Montclair at the national leadership summit!

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