Carbondale NAACP

The Carbondale Branch of the NAACP is taking part in a statewide program dealing with racial healing.

Branch President Linda Flowers says the Healing Illinois initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services involves getting people to communicate across racial and socio-economic lines.

She says the NAACP decided its project would involve a reading discussion group.

"Our thinking was that sometimes it's easier for me to talk about race and uncomfortable issues when I'm talking about it from the perspective of this book as opposed to my personal experiences."

Black History Scholar Bowl Planned February 24.

Feb 10, 2021

The public is invited to an evening of learning Black history on February 24.  Linda Flowers, President of  the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP,  says last year's inaugural Black History Scholar  Bowl, held in person, was enjoyable.

"It was, we were all together in one room, and everyone had an opportunity to learn some history, but to bring the community and the University together."

This year's event, in collaboration with  the SIU's  Black Affairs Council, will be held virtually.  Flowers says people who are not a part of a team are still encouraged to join.

The Carbondale Branch of the NAACP is holding a virtual workshop this evening to help people get prepared for the November General Election.

The Your Vote is Your Voice workshop will feature information about deadlines on voter registration, early voting, mail-in voting, as well as finding polling places and other resources.

Jackson County Holds Educational Forum For Young Adults

Jul 31, 2020

The Carbondale Public Library and Carbondale NAACP hosted an online conference directed at young adults addressing the spike in COVID-19 cases in Jackson County.

Jackson County Health officials are concerned about the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases in young adults.

Carbondale Town Hall On Policing
City of Carbondale / City of Carbondale

Thursday night Carbondale leaders, social activist and members of the NAACP held a town hall on policing and other concerns.

With cases of racial injustice being highlighted across the country, city and community leaders came together to discuss solutions on a local level.

Through multiple platforms the panelist answered questions on many topics including residency requirements, body cameras, school programs, de-escalation training, and defunding the city's police department.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and Dr. Linda Flowers, the President of the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP, issued a joint statement Wednesday saying while they can't undo what happened recently in Minnesota, the city can "... control how we respond to it, and hopefully prevent it from ever happening in Carbondale." 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale NAACP's Pepper Holder and Andrew Weaver of Land of Lincoln Legal Aid about the upcoming Criminal Record Expungement Sealing Clinic (February 29).

Census 2020
Census Bureau / Census Bureau

The Illinois Secretary of State's Office has awarded a 130-thousand dollar grant to the Carbondale Branch of the NAACP.

The funding will be used to educate people on the importance of the 2020 census and target groups often undercounted, such as minorities, non-English speakers, college students and others.

Carbondale Woman Honored for Black History Month

Feb 6, 2019
State of Illinois

The State of Illinois recognized a Carbondale woman Wednesday in honor of Black History Month.

Diane Hood, NAACP Assistant Treasurer and Freedom Fund Chairperson, received an award for Outstanding Commitment in Community Service.