NAACP Alaska Oregon Washington State Area

The Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference (AOWSAC) of the NAACP is
dedicated to improving the political, educational, social and economic status of all persons, eliminating racial prejudice, and keeping the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination at the state level.

We have 13 local unit Branches and multiple youth councils, high school councils and prison Branches throughout Alaska, Oregon and Washington committed to addressing issues of discrimination and inequality affecting members in our communities and at the state level.

With this site, our goal is to provide you with information on local Branch events, and links to current news stories featuring AOWSAC’s advocacy efforts.

With the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the need is greater than ever for the NAACP to continue our voting rights advocacy and registration program.

Photo credit: Seattle Weekly: Gerald Hankerson, President NAACP Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference

Featured News Story:

This month's news highlights:

Guest Editorial: Nine Ways to be a White Ally in the fight against Institutional and Structural Racism, The Stranger

Behind the Shiny Veneer of Seattle's White Liberalism, Huffington Post

Vancouver police strive for diversity, not for animosity, Columbian

NAACP calls for Airway Heights mayor to resign, KREM 2 - Video

Seattle march held in solidarity with Charleston, King 5 News - Video

Seattle church mourns South Carolina victims, King 5 News

CHS Pics - Capitol Hill's F.A.M.E. holds vigil for South Carolina, Capital Hill Seattle Blog

Is the Anti-Common Core Movement Just "Suburban White Moms"?, National Journal

Give parents, not kids official says on state test, Chicaco Sun

Civil rights groups blast parents opting their kids out of high stakes tests, why they're wrong, Washington Post

NAACP Confronts Local School Board, NBC News

OSU Black Cultural Center opens to cheers, Corvallis Gazette-Times

History and identity: A tour explores key landmarks of Eugene's black community, The Register-Guard

NAACP’s Memorial Day picnic at Washington Park. (Amiran White/ For The Register Guard).An

Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference NAACP announces 2015-2017 officers:

The Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference of the NAACP formally swore in our new officers on Saturday, September 19th for the 2015-2017 term.

The officers were sworn in after the banquet dinner held at the Red Lion Hotel in Spokane, Washington. The following officers won election by a vote of delegates held earlier Saturday afternoon.

  • Gerald Hankerson will serve as President
  • Dr. Janice Greene will serve as Vice President I
  • Dr. Sheley Secrest will serve as Vice President II
  • Cynthia Hobbs will serve as Secretary
  • Darlene Andrus will serve as Assistant Secretary
  • Denita Patton will serve as Treasurer
  • Dale Andrus will serve as Assistant Secretary

The Youth Council also held their elections on Saturday afternoon and the following officers were elected.

  • Jasmine Garner will serve as President
  • Ricky Blackley will service as Vice President
  • Secretary and Treasurer will be posted soon.
Thank you to the members of the Spokane Branch for hosting the Convention and election. The upcoming conventions will be posted on the convention page in the coming days.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Upcoming Events in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington:



October 8th at 5:30pm: NAACP Corvallis Soul Food Dinner at the Westminster house, corner of Monroe and 23rd. The annual Soul Food dinner is free to OSU students of color as a welcome/welcomeback. NAACP non-student members/supporters ard asked to bring a dish that feeds 8 ore more. For any questions, please contact Angel Harris at


October 3rd at 1pm: The Selma to Snohomish Civic Engagement Series will have a free screening of Selma at the Northwest Music Hall (1402 SE Everett Mall Way). For more information contact the Families of Color United in Service (FOCUis) at or 206-552-9310.

November 7th, Seattle King County will hold its 102 Anniversary Reception at First A.M.E. Church in Seattle. For more information about this event, visit their website

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