Local NAACP holds annual jubilee
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The local NAACP chapter is ringing in the new year by remembering its past.
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Branch held its annual jubilee celebration this afternoon.
Mayor Andy Berke, Chief Fred Fletcher, and other elected officials were on-hand for the event.
Participants sang the Black National Anthem, and talked about their history.
This longtime tradition is about the Emancipation Proclamation, when President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.
“This is major for us, ’cause if you think about all the struggles that African Americans are having that seems to be the biggest struggle that we overcame. It just lets us know that we can overcome anything if we overcame the slavery,” says Dr. Elenora Wood, President of the NAACP
Woods says in this new year, the NAACP will continue to work with elected officials to improve the quality of life for residents, and protect their civil rights.