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Youth Essay Contest Winners Announced

Here are the winners for our “59 Years of Fighting: Is the Dream Still Alive and Relevant in 2022?” Youth Essay Contest.

Grades 3-5:
1st place – Emma L. 4th Grade, KSD111
2nd place- Jacky R. 3rd Grade , Kennedy Middle School – KSD111

Grades 6-12:
1st place – Landon M. 7th Grade, KTA
2nd place – Brittany W. 9th Grade , HSD

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to this contest! It was wonderful to read your thoughts. We will be in contact with the winners about their prizes.

A COVID-19 Conversation

Thanks to all who participated the COVID-19 Conversation hosted by the Kankakee County NAACP on Tuesday, March 16th. We feel the message came across loud and clear. As a follow up, below is a video we captured of Dr. McCuiston talking about the vaccine, consistent with what we were hoping to accomplish that night.

Kankakee County NAACP Candidate’s Forums

Candidates Forum

Kankakee County Circuit Clerk and 21st Judicial Circuit Judge Candidate’s Forum
Time: Oct 13, 2020 5:30 p.m. Central Time (US and Canada)

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Here are the videos from the earlier debates.

79th Illinois Representative District Candidates Forum

40th Illinois Senate District Candidates Forum

2020 March on Washington

Kankakee County Branch of the NAACP



“Get Off Our Necks”
AUGUST 27 th – AUGUST 29 th , 2020

$240.00 Per Person

Cost Includes:

  • Roundtrip Charter Coach Transportation
  • Hotel Accommodations (Based on double occupancy)
  • Meals & Continental Breakfast
  • Tour Martin Luther King Jr. Monument
  • T-Shirt

Hotel Accommodations (1 Night Double Occupancy Room)
(Single Occupancy Room – add $50.00 to total cost $290.00)

Hilton Garden Inn- Ronald Reagan Airport
2020 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA, 22202

Mass procession from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

A Minimum of $75.00 – Non-Refundable Deposit is required to reserve your seat and lodging
by Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The remaining balance is due by Monday, July 20, 2020, if the balance is not paid you forfeit
your seat and hotel room.

The first 25 participants registration paid in full will receive a one-year NAACP Membership.
This is based on a first come first serve basis.

Bus will depart Thursday, August 27, 2020, 6:30 p.m. from the Paramount Theater – Returning
Saturday, August 29, 2020, at APPROXIMATELY 11:00 P.M.

Contact Paulette Crank at 815-953-2399 or email for more information.

We Look Forward To You Joining Us On Such an Memorable Event!!

NAACP Town Hall – Protest and Black Men

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Topic: Protest & Black Men
Time: Jun 6, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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You can also watch the Town Hall on the State Conference Facebook Page.

Police NAACP resolution signed at KCC

Signing Ceremony

Members of 11 law enforcement agencies in Kankakee County signed a shared principles declaration alongside NAACP representatives on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Kankakee Community College.

Kankakee County is the second county in Illinois to have all police departments adopt these principles, according to Ed Wojcicki, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

Speakers at the event included KCC President Dr. Michael Boyd, Kankakee County NAACP Branch President Theodis Pace, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Ed Wojcicki, Manteno Police Chief Alan Swinford, and Bradley Police Deputy Chief Craig Anderson.

In part, the declaration says police agencies and the NAACP have “a mutual passion for defending and protecting the civil rights of all citizens and in keeping our communities and citizens safe.”

The resolution includes 10 principles regarding the relationship between law enforcement and the communities and people they serve.

Above the signatures, the resolution concluded with:

“We vow by mutual affirmation to work together and stand together in our communities and at the state level to implement these values and principles, and to replace mistrust with mutual trust wherever, whenever, and however we can, and

“Therefore, be it further resolved, that we work collaboratively to publicize widely the adoption of this resolution throughout the state of Illinois.”

The signers were: Don Barber, Bradley police chief; Brian Brucato, Momence police chief; Rich Soderquist KCC police chief; Michael Downey, Kankakee County sheriff; Carl Frey, Grant Park police chief; Theodis Pace, president of the NAACP Kankakee County Branch; Frank J. Kosman, Kankakee police chief; Todd Navratil, Aroma Park police chief; Jim Phelps, Bourbonnais police chief; Chad Scanlon Herscher police chief; David Skelly, St. Anne police chief; and Swinford.

A number of students from KCC’s criminal justice program also attended the event.

Read this report in the Daily Journal.