Welcome to the Transylvania County NAACP Homepage
The Transylvania branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is in its infancy, but the fight for racial equality has deep roots in our community.
After the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark 1954 Brown vs Board of Education decision that integrated public schools across the nation, a group of concerned Transylvania parents and other community members formed the TCIO (Transylvania Citizens Improvement Organization) demanding the integration of Transylvania County Schools.
It took several years for that case to wind its way through more courts, but in September of 1962, eight African-American students here in Brevard became the first to integrate schools in North Carolina. Some of those students still live in our community and we are proud that our president, Tommy Kilgore, was one of those pioneers.
Over the years, the cause of racial equality has been brought forward by the TCIO, the Rosenwald Alums, and many other community organizations. We owe these still-active organizations a great debt of gratitude for all their work over the years.
The NAACP is a newcomer to Transylvania County, but not at all to the struggle, it has waged against racism in all forms and for equality nationwide since 1909. The Transylvania County branch was founded with the mission of adding to the cause of racial equality its commitment to equality for all: voters, women, students, the LGBT community, immigrants, workers, taxpayers, those in need of health care and all people of color. We are also working for environmental justice on the state and national levels, particularly in the Duke Power Coal Ash spills that have polluted groundwater and rivers in North Carolina and in preventing fracking.
Here in Transylvania County, we have a strong foundation in making our voices heard to local and state elected officials.
Who are we? We’re a motley crew from all socioeconomic backgrounds, ages and racial groups. We are all dedicated to social justice and many of us have fought for these issues for decades.
For more information on state and national issues, please visit their websites:
NAACP National: naacp.org
North Carolina NAACP: naacpnc.org