The Brevard INclusionary Alliance (BIA), South Brevard Branch of the NAACP, several local Sororities and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition (MLK) in conjunction with Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) hosted “A Day Of Action” in which we will have members’ from the City of Melbourne helping individuals complete the Census, volunteer registering people to vote, and FRRC volunteers assisting Returning Citizen restore their voting rights. FRRC has assisted Returning Citizens in Florida with the payment of more than $3 Million in their fines and fees and they will be in Brevard County to do the same.
2020 is shaping up to be one of the consequential years in some of our lifetime. Make sure you are counted and make sure your voice is heard!
Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics
ACT-SO is synonymous with success. From its inception to present, ACT-SO has been the link between the dreams and reality for almost 300,000 young people in our country. ACT-SO Olympians leave the National Competition each year and pulsate throughout their community, leaving a lasting effect on all they encounter.
The South Brevard Branch NAACP ACTSO program had its local competition virtually. Our students accepted the challenge to show their talents and we are very proud of them. On May 28, 2020, thirteen of our high school students demonstrated their talents in music, arts, dramatics, and more. Because of the coronavirus, the competition was held via ZOOM and this experience was new to us . We were so excited for our students’ and they made us proud. Miss Tabitha Hadley led this event. Great job! On August 23, 2020, Tyliyah Bursey and Jimmy Reed, our local winners, competed in the ACT-SO National Competition. There were over 350 students from across the United States who participated. Both of our students did very well and we are so proud of their efforts and performances. We are looking forward to their continued development. They are talented, and they ACT-SO!
Our Students Can… Do It! The South Brevard NAACP ACT-SO has been in operation for over 18 years. Our students have shown that they can do anything if they are given the opportunity. We are asking Brevard schools to partner with ACT-SO to highlight their students’ talents. Contact Mrs. Bryan for more information. Our community organizations that have students with talents, please partner with us. We want to encourage our youth whenever possible. They are our future leaders for tomorrow. Page 1
Please Support Our Students! Melbourne ACT-SO is looking for volunteers to help our students develop their skills and finetune their projects.. They need coaches to help develop their talents in the Arts, STEM, Humanities, and in Music. Please contact us if you will help.
Coming Soon: ACT-SO Recruitment!
ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) is the major youth initiative of the NAACP. Students are asked to put together an educational or cultural project for local competition. Students who receive gold medals locally will compete at the National Competition. Please contact Thelma Bryan at 321-259-2947 for more information. 2020 ACT-SO Local Gold Medalists! by Thelma Bryan 2
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors! Macedonia Baptist Church L3 Harris Corporation Collins Aerospace Mt. Moriah Missionary BC Brevard County 4-H Florida Institute of Technology Truth Revealed IM
Thelma Bryan ACT-SO Leader
Humanities Music Composition Original Essay Playwriting Poetry – written Short Story
Visual Arts Drawing Filmmaking Photography Painting Sculpture
STEM Architecture Biology/Microbiology Chemistry/Biochemistry Computer Science Earth and Space Sciences Engineering Mathematics Medicine and Health Physicstes t Performing Arts Dance – Ballet Dance – Contemporary Dance – Modern Dance – Traditional Dramatics Music Instrumental – Classical Music Instrumental – Contemporary Music Vocal – Classical Music Vocal – Contemporary Oratory Poetry – performance Business Entrepreneurship
Go to southbrevardactso.org and print ACT-SO application. Complete the app and mail to: Melbourne ACT-SO – 884 Chatsworth Dr-Melbourne, Fl 32940
If You Think So…Then ACT-SO! In October 2020, there will be information for parents to review the many opportunities for their children regarding ACT-SO. The program gives students an opportunity to showcase their talents and to be recognized for their achievements. Participating students will have the opportunity to compete for one of the following awards:
First, second, or third place Olympic style medal and cash 2. Clara P. Smith Scholarship award
All expense paid travel to National Competition (depending on the corona virus!). UMOJA STEM Coming Soon! The UMOJA Robotics Teams are starting to recruit students. This year training will be mostly virtual. We are looking forward to seeing your child in the program this year! For information, contact Ms. Bryan @ 321-917-5439.
Special Thanks to our students:
Victoria Goff Rackayla Hinds Xade Hooper Kira Parker Aloni Ramsey Jimmy Reed Dorian Schauer Natajha Tompkins Javereius Williams Breonna Peavy Jameia Whitely Tyliyah Bursey Leonaldo Laguerre
Stay safe and thanks again for your support!
Special thanks to our parents and sponsors for their support of our 2020 local and national competitions. Our students did extremely well and we could not have done it without you. Attached is a copy of ACT-SO August 2020 Newsletter. Please share it with your friends and families. Please continue to pray for our youth as we navigate through Covid-19. Consider this email a special invitation for your child to participate in the next ACT-SO competition.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Joseph N. Davis Community Center 2547 Grant Street Melbourne, FL 32901 Pleasse join the Melbourne PD, Palm Bay PD, West Melbourne PD and Brevard County Sheriff Dept. for an open dialogue on how we can build safer community together.Together We Can Make A Difference!
The NAACP, along with our 1 million plus members,. advocates, and activists throughout the United States, are frontline advocates committed to raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality for communities of color in the electoral and legislative process.
Door to door canvassing is one of the most effective tatics for voter contact, and the backbone of Democratic campaigns’ field organizing strategy. We will be using the NGPO Van’s mobile canvassing app and here are the top five reasons: 1. Instant data entry- time is money when you are racing to hit your win number, and etering data from the first pass through a region can cost valuable hours, leaving volunteers waiting for updated second-pass turf. With MiniVan’s instant data sync, campain staff can quickly see canvass results and make real time decisions about where to send voluteers.
2. No more turf packets-for a MiniVAN canvass, simply cut turf in VAN as usual and provide the list number to volunteers who will sign in to MiniVAVV with their unique Action IDs, making it easy to track who is working on each turf.
3. Happy volunteers – one of the easiest ways to keep your volunteers happy is to streamline the process that thwy will go through on a canvass day.
4. Save the trees – The procdess of organizing a political campaign can be daunting, and with so many moving pieces to coordinate, it can be easy to loose sigh of things live enviromental impact.MiniVAN removes the need for constant paper consumption.
5. See Your Progress at a Glance – Using tools like MiniVAN Manager, campaign staff can monitor the vital stats of every canvasser, including location, progress and effectiveness in real time.
South Brevard NAACP, President James Minus, 1st Vice Ms Clara Smith, 2nd Vice Rev George White, 3rd Vice Bennie Jackson, Jr, Secretary Dianne Jackson, Assistant Secretary Deloris Favors, Economic Development Alberta Clinkscales, Political Action Joshiah Snod-Grass Neal, Vetrans Affairs Bobby Martin, Act-So Mavis May, Membership Deloris Favors.
We will be focusing on Returned Citizens and getting them registered. If you know someone that needs assistance please contact the South Brevard Branch at 321-728-4622. Please contact James Minus at 321-591-7107 with any voting questions, we will also be canvasing the different precints and need you to sign up to volunteer.
We need more volunteers to help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for the important General Election. In addition to providing information about all the candidates and FL constitutional amendments, we will continue to encourage registered Democratic and progressive NPA voters to request Mail-In-ballots. This will allow them to receive their ballot early, mark their ballot in the comfort of their own home, avoid harassment at the polls on election day, and track their ballot to confirm their votes have been counted.
Please check in at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. 2729 Lipscomb Street, Melbourne, FL 32901. We will be in the John W. Taylor Family Life Center (next to the church) prior to each shift to distribute walk packets. Our host is James Minus. October 20 we will meet at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 2295 Dr. Harvey Riley St. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905. On October 27th we will be back at Macedonia Baptist Church.
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