This has been a terrible and difficult time for the victims and families of the Charleston Massacre. Over the last several days we have seen a global outpouring of compassion and concern for our State and its people, especially the Black people targeted in this attack on our holiest ground. We have watched as our Governor and an endless procession of our State and federal politicians have embraced the microphones of world media. Out of tragedy, lessons must be learned and progress made.
The NAACP, Loudoun Branch applauds the Supreme Court’s decisive affirmation that civil marriage is a fundamental right that cannot be denied to people on the basis of gender. The decision follows the precedent and reasoning of other historic decisions that prohibit the singling out of categories of people for unequal treatment.
One of the most significant of these landmark cases is also significant to the history of our Commonwealth, Loving v. Virginia. The proponents of anti-miscegenation laws in that case tried to argue that persons wanting to marry a partner of another race were not entitled to the right to decide whom to marry, because such marriages violated the natural order of marriage as the majority wanted it understood. That argument failed in 1967, and a similar argument failed again in 2015. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy correctly held that the Fourteenth Amendment means what it says: That its promise of due process and equality under the law are the birthright of all persons, without exceptions carved out to satisfy the prejudices of the day.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2015
ASHBURN, VA – Last night the Loudoun County Public School Board voted unanimously to rescind the name John F. Ryan as the name of MS-9 (Middle School 9). The decision to name the school was originally made at the June 9, 2015 meeting. The middle school will sit in the Brambleton community in the Dulles District.
Phillip Thompson, the President of the Loudoun Branch of the NAACP originally brought the issue to the attention of school board member Bill Fox (Leesburg). Mr. Thompson was able to determine in about 15 minutes of research that Mr. Ryan was one of the Architects of Jim Crow in the State of Virginia during the early 1900’s. Mr. Ryan and his leadership cabal were instrumental in the disenfranchisement of thousands of Black and poor White Virginians. They also put in place the initial segregation apparatus whose impact can still be seen today at the Courthouse in Leesburg, where the names of white and black veterans are still separated despite it being 40 plus years since the Jim Crow laws were struck down.
LEESBURG, Va. (April 15, 2015) – The Loudoun County NAACP was not in total shock with the findings of the Minority Student Achievement Committee and the Discipline Committee’s (MSAAC) findings of the achievement gap widening and higher suspension rates among minorities when compared to non-minorities. There are a number of factors that lend it to these numbers, but, in the end, it is the child, the student and ultimately the community that pays the price.
April 21, 2009
Edgar B. Hatrick, Superintendent
Loudoun County Public Schools
21000 Education Court
Ashburn, VA 20148
Dear Superintendent Hatrick:
The Loudoun County Branch NAACP appreciates the time you spent in coming to speak to our general membership meeting on March 16th. However, our membership was very disappointed in your responses to the questions we had submitted to you prior to your presentation. We have significantly different perceptions of disparities in the Loudoun County Public Schools in regard to minority students. Importantly, our perceptions are based on LCPS’ own data submitted either to the Virginia Department of Education or directly to us as a result of three FOIA requests, and your presentation appeared to be based on incomplete data and percentages without their accompanying hard numbers.
The Loudoun County Branch of the NAACP is pleased to announce its new partnership with the Howard University Department of Education to assist Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) in eliminating its minority student achievement gap.
Howard University, located in Washington D.C., is the number one producer of African-American PhDs in the US, as well as Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and numerous other academic notables. Faculty members participating in the NAACP/LCPS project from this premier university include: Lois Harrison-Jones, EdD; Aaron B. Stills, PhD; and Dawn G. Williams, PhD. They will be working closely with Loudoun County NAACP members: Rev. Reginald A. Early, President; Bill Sweeney and Pam Taggart. Early, Sweeney and Taggart are also members of LCPS’ Minority Student Achievement Committee (MSAAC).