NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE
ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP)
ALEXANDRIA BRANCH • UNIT 7043
P.O. Box 1740 • Alexandria, VA 22313
(703) 684-6190 • email@example.com
A mass meeting held October 10, 1933 at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia under the auspices of the Alexandria Citizens’ Association (Colored), a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was organized. Walter White of New York City, national secretary of the NAACP was the principal speaker, and conducted the organization of this new chapter. There was a large enrollment of members, most of whom paid their yearly subscriptions – the remainder to be paid on or before the first meeting of the chapter on Friday, October 27. Officers elected were: Henry C. Brooks, President; J. Byron Hopkins, Jr., Secretary; Leon C. Baltimore, Jr., Treasurer. Henry C. Brooks was also president of the Alexandria Citizens’ Association (Colored).
The mass meeting was also favored with an address by Sam S. Hollenga, manager of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hollenga explained the meaning of the National Recovery Administration (NRA), and why all citizens of Alexandria, white and colored, should support President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt in his efforts to put over this NRA program. He stated further that this was his first opportunity to address the colored people of Alexandria. He explained also the duties of the Chamber of Commerce of the city and urged the colored people who compose one-fifth of the population of the city to give a more concrete support to the programs made by the chamber of commerce in their efforts to make Alexandria, first a place to live and second, a bigger place to live. Mr. Hollenga stressed the necessity of a wholehearted cooperation of colored citizens with civic movements. Charles H. Houston, dean of Howard University Law School and a member of the District of Columbia Board of Education, spoke on the necessity of high school facilities for Negro children in Alexandria, and urged the citizens associated to continue their fight for equal school accommodations and other civil rights that are now denied them. Every speaker was well received. Henry C. Brooks, president of the Alexandria Citizens’ Association (Colored) presided. J. Byron Hopkins, Jr. was master of ceremonies. The charter was received January 20, 1934 and remains as the official organ of the current Branch.