Audrey's flyer

59th Anniversary of SGV-NAACP

You are invited to join San Gabriel Valley NAACP as we celebrate our 59th Anniversary. Since the founding of SGV-NAACP it has been the only civil rights organization in the city. We have proudly fought against racism and discrimination in our community. Each SGV-NAACP member makes a difference to the ongoing work of advancing racial equity.  SGV-NAACP has fought and won many civil rights and social justice and with your continued support we can accelerate to the next milestone for ensuring civil rights and racial equity for all people in our community.  Happy 59th Anniversary SGV-NAACP.
Hair loss workshop oct 11

A Unique Perception Hairloss Center

What You Will Learn:
  • Vetrean Benefits
  • Understanding Hairloss
  • Who Qualifies
  • How to get approved
  • Emotional Support
100th anniv event invite livestream link

100th Anniversary-Women Veteran Health Care at VA

Celebrating Women Care at VA
Lena king's 100th birthday

100th Birthday Ms. Lena King

Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Lena King, a member of the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion. We are so happy to be able to wish you a Happy Birthday. Thank you for your leadership and standing up for Black Military Women. We are so proud of you.
Ms King's 100th Birthday was celebrated at Marquis Centennial 6351 N Fort Apache Las Vegas, NV 89149 January 27, 2023 @ 2pm.
Thank you Latia for representing those who were not able to attend. You and Ms. Lena look so beautiful. We will continue to "Tell HerStory".

Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs

Read the latest news and articles...

Seamless g1f030254e 1920

October Input

I hope you had a wonderful summer as we welcome in the fall season.  It’s hard to believe we are in the fourth quarter of 2022.  I hope you have enjoyed the information that we share in the Veterans Newsletter. The committee is also open to ideas that you may have to improve the newsletter. We welcome all members of the branch who are veterans ,served in the military or is serving in the military to join our committee so we can continue to improve our services to our veterans and military personnel. To join the committee you do not have to have a military background just a desire to serve...
Read More

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

"We have been reporting this same disparity year after year for a decade. The differences in death rates are not explained by Black women having more aggressive cancers.!It is time for health systems to take a hard look at how they are caring differently for Black women.

Rebecca Siegel, MPH, senior scientific director of ACS Cancer
Surveillance and co-author of the study
Read more

September Articles and News

Suicide prevention month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Read the latest information regarding this issue and articles on Monkeypox, Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claim, Black Veterans petition National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC, The 125th Anniversary Buffalo Soldier Iron Riders, and Hispanic Heritage Month...
Read More
Rising above the fray

Rising Above the Fray

Our life member, Farrell Chiles, is featured in this new documentary and will be receiving an award. Check out the trailer below.
Click to view the film trailer

August Articles

Pact act photo

NAACP Statement On PACT Act

The NAACP commends President Biden and his administration
on passing the PACT Act which was formulated to provide
expanded healthcare benefits for military veterans who were
exposed to toxins in the line of duty...
Read More
Veterans newsletter august image of maya angelou

Veterans Newsletter- August 2022

Check out the latest news and updates in this month's Veteran's Newsletter. We cover everything from the PACT Act, A Women in Wildfire Event, PTSD, trivia, and more...
Read More
Romay johnson davis in uniform

Romay Johnson Davis

She joined the 6888 CP BN, only Black female unit sent overseas in WWII. Now 102, she’s the oldest living member: Then & Now...
Read More
369th infantry

Harlem Hellfighters

Much has been written about the “Harlem Hellfighters” of the 369th Infantry Regiment during World War I, but little is known about the unit in subsequent conflicts. This article recounts the World War I story of the unit in honor of the war’s centennial and introduces the lesser-known tale of the 369th from the end of World War I and beyond and its later service as units of other branches of the Army, to include its current designation, the 369th Sustainment Brigade...
Read More
Soldier g726aa6b63 1920

Response to the recommendations to rename Military Bases

History is important. The importance magnified by the current debate over whether Black History should be in the public education curriculums. Our advocacy over the past four and a half decades is a testament to the degree of
importance we place on the subject. We view the bases name changing process as an opportunity to recognize the importance of Black Military History...
Read More

Congressional Gold Medal Wreath Laying Ceremony for 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

The Wreath Laying Ceremony for the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, who were known as Six Triple Eight (6888th) was in honor of their being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the 117th Congress of the United States of America for their service. It was approved by President Biden on March 14, 2022.

The 6888th was the only all -Black, all female Women’s Army Corps (WAC) Unit that served overseas during World War II. The mission of the 6888th was to sort a three year backlog of undelivered mail for the U.S. Service men/women in France and England. The 6888th deployed in 1945 to Birmingham England with 855 women of that number 30 were officers.

No one expected these women to complete their mission but to everyone’s surprise they completed their mission in half the time they were given by improving the sorting of mail system, and working around the clock in shifts, including the weekend. The Six Triple Eight Motto was: ‘No Mail, Low Morale”. Today, there are only six of these women living.

The Congressional Gold Medal Wreath Laying Ceremony was held on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence Avenue, Inglewood , CA 90301. Inglewood was chosen because it's the final resting place of four members of the 6888th. Their names are: Lydia Ester Thornton Moore, Elizabeth Moppins Eastman, Ethel Christina Loving Henderson and Annie Lee Proctor Reed. The weather was perfect, a blue sky, sunny and not hot. It was still Women’s History Month, a perfect time to celebrate these remarkable women of 6888th. Although, these women will never know they received the Congressional Gold Medal because it was 70 years late. Some of their family members were present and will tell the story of their mother, their grandmothers for generations to come & never forget. Just as we will continue to share the history of the 6888th and their accomplishments to their country.

Under the leadership of 1SG (Ret) John Williams, Jr. the George Washington Preparatory High School Army JROTC Color Guard opened the ceremony. Dr. Felicia Banks opened the program with a warm welcome to 6888th family members, and guests. James Butts, Mayor of Inglewood gave warm remarks to 6888th family members and guests. Mayor Butts also performed one of the Wreath Layings with 1SG John Williams, Jr. Also, COL (Ret) Irma Cooper & 1SG (Ret) John Williams, Jr., completed the Wreath Laying Ceremony for another 6888th member in the same area. The Keynote Speaker was Virginia Wimmer, Deputy Secretary, Cal Vet Women Affairs. 6888th Road to the Gold was COL (RET) Irma Cooper, President of Women in Service & Vice-President San Gabriel Valley NAACP.

Daphne “Dee” Wright, Navy Veteran, wrote a poem in honor of the 6888th, titled, “I AM NOT INVISIBLE”. As Daphne read the poem there was not a dry eye. Audra Jefferson, a Navy Veteran and soloist sang the National Anthem, Black National Anthem & a favorite song of the 6888th, Sam Cooke’s, “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Elaine Lister, the Harpist played beautiful music throughout the program. There were many other notable citizens and organizations present who made brief remarks. Special thanks goes to all the family members who were present, Inglewood Park Cemetery Administration & Staff who made it possible and all our sponsors. The ceremony was recorded and it will be available soon. CW2 (Ret) Latia Suttle later performed the 3rd Wreath Laying on the opposite side of the Inglewood Park Cemetery and a Mausoleum Placement at the 4th location.

COL(Ret) Irma Cooper, Vice President

Congressional Gold Medal Wreath Laying Ceremony Program

Here is a copy of the brochure for the wreath laying ceremony.

Download "6 Wreath Laying Ceremony.pdf"

Congressional Gold Medal Wreath Laying Ceremony Gallery

Salute to WWII Women's Army Corps
6888th Central Postal
Directory Battalion
Sunday March 27, 2022 at 2 pm

Thank You

During our Branch meeting on November 20, 2021, we honored our veteran members for their military service. Here is the presentation.
The information on this page is provided by the SGV NAACP for informational purposes only.  Contact the sponsoring organization to verify the accuracy and legality of the content.