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June 2021




Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. June 19, 1865 saw the abolition of slavery in Texas, which was over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.


Sponsored by The Juneteenth Family Day Committee and Willard Library, the video contest is open to any student in
grades 3rd - 12th attending a greater Battle Creek area school or home schooled.

June 19, 1865 is a significant date, not only in American history,but African American history. We hope to see students reflect on the significance of Juneteenth and share their thoughts in an original video.

Video entries can be spoken word, poetry, song, skit, a visual message, or your best creative idea. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: The video should be no shorter than 30 seconds and no longer than 2 minutes with clear video and clear audio, includes a clear connection to the Juneteenth theme, and be an original, creative work.

All videos and permission forms must be submitted by
Friday, June 11 at 5 pm.


Tune-in to on Saturday, June 19 from Noon and 2PM to see all qualifying videos. Winning videos will be revealed between 1:30 - 2:00 PM.

Submit your video entry today!

For questions about the contest, contact




Thank to everyone who attended!

The Battle Creek Senior Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is planning its 86th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner to be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek. The reception will begin at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and keynote speaker at 6:00 PM. The 2019 theme is “When We FIGHT, We Win.” and will feature Samuel & Teresa Durham and Terris & Karen Todd as honorary co-hosts that evening.

Locally, the proceeds from the Freedom Fund Dinner are used for operating expenses and funding programs. Local programs include the Heritage Quiz Bowl, voter registration/education, GOTV initiatives, legal redress, and ACT-SO. As preparations continue, the Freedom Fund Dinner planning committee hopes the community answers the call to support their local branch and come out to support the community members being recognized with Battle Creek NAACP Image Awards. Profiles on the 2019 honorees will be featured in a separate news release.

Photo of Stephanie Brown James, 86th Annual Freedom Fund Keynote Speaker.

The keynote speaker this year is an experienced social entrepreneur and social justice advocate, Stefanie Brown James, Co-Founder of The Collective – an umbrella organization that encompasses four legal entities including The Collective PAC and their non-profit arms, Collective Future and The Collective Education Fund – dedicated to recruiting, training, funding and supporting Black candidates to run for office on the local, state and federal level. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie is also the CEO and Founding Partner of Vestige Strategies, LLC – a Washington, DC based firm that specializes in grassroots community and civic engagement strategies.

Formerly the National Field Director and Youth & College Division Director for the NAACP, Stefanie developed and administered the nationalfield organizing strategy for the NAACP’s 2,200 adult branches and youthunits in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

A strong advocate for women and HBCUs, Stefanie is the Founder of Brown Girls Lead, a leadership development organization for collegiate black women, a past member of the Board of Trustees at her alma mater,

Howard University and a member of the National Social Action Commission for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

For sponsorship opportunities or ads for the Souvenir Booklet, please call (269) 420-9119 and/or submit your camera ready ad(s) by Friday, October 11th to For additional information or to purchase tickets call (269) 209-0293.

President's Invitation - Download Here

Registration Mail-In Form - Download Here

Purple and gold flyer for the 86th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner with event info and photos of NAACP members marching.






The Battle Creek Branch of the NAACP will host The Heritage Quiz Bowl on February 22, 2020 at 10:00 am at Battle Creek Central 100 W. Van Buren St, in Battle Creek, MI.


Students will embark on an exciting adventure of history that should last them a time. We contend that African American History is more than slavery and the Civil Rights Movement.  A Yoruba (West African tribe) proverb reads, “If we stand tall it is because we stand on the backs of those who came before us.” How can American children of African descent stand tall with so little knowledge of our past? Without being proud of one’s heritage, it is also impossible to be proud of one’s self.  We believe this lack of self-awareness is one of the major ills plaguing the Black communities in America, because how can anyone have true self-esteem, without knowing who one’s self truly is?


Teachers, coaches and students have worked hard to learn over 325 questions related to African American History and should be praised for their hard work and dedication.  We are also very happy to announce this year the support from the WK Kellogg Foundation.

2020 Battle Creek Heritage Quiz Bowl

Volunteers Needed

If you would like to volunteer please click below to sign up using our online form.

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Gray at 269-209-0293 or

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