The Colored Citizens Association Anniversary Booklet

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Title

The Colored Citizens Association Anniversary Booklet

Date

June 8, 1941

Description

The Colored Citizens Association was founded in September 1928 in Merrifield, Virginia. The sixteen founders, both male and female, chose three watchwords to represent their association, “Vigilance, Progress, and Cooperation.”  In 1941 the association published a booklet to celebrate their thirteenth anniversary. The booklet contains the Association’s purpose, aims, achievements, and desired accomplishments for the future.  The following in italics is quoted from the booklet.  
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PURPOSE To organize the Negroes in Fairfax County, Virginia for the purpose of voting in all elections 

AIMS 

To better Negro citizenship in Fairfax County through its stand for: 

  1. FULLER USE OF THE BALLOT BY ALL NEGROES
  2. GREATER IMPROVEMENT IN COLORED SCHOOLS 
  3. JUSTICE IN THE COURTS AND PUBLIC CONVEYANCES
  4. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN ALL COUNTY AND CIVIC AFFAIRS
  5. PROMOTION OF A BETTER FEELING BETWEEN THE RACES
  6. BOOSTING THE COUNTY AS A DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIVE 

Colored Citizens Association Fairfax County, VA Thirteenth Anniversary Achievement Number June 8, 1941 p.2     ============================================ 

Several of the achievements of the Association are summarized below. 

  1. encouraged voter registration and payment of poll taxes 
  2. fought for and obtained the right to participate in primary elections
  3. established a Colored Women’s Voter Club
  4.  wrote letters to Congressmen to encourage them to support the anti- lynching law 
  5. protested to authorities about the practice of excluding Negroes from serving on juries 
  6. protested to State Board of Education to allot more funds for Negro schools
  7. protested to the County School Board to raise salaries of Negro teachers
  8.  united to demand education above seventh grade for Negro students
  9. aided in the establishment of an interracial group of county citizens to discuss common problems

Some of the accomplishments that were desired in the future are summarized below.  

  1. An African American:
    nurse in the Health Department
    member of the Public Welfare Board 
    member of our School Board  
  2. Better treatment and accommodations on public transportation
  3. A voter’s club in each community
  4. Better transportation for our children to get to school
  5. Boy and Girl Scouts Troops in each community
  6. “Negro” 4-H clubs in the county
  7. Encourage the establishment of “Negro” businesses and support of local white businesses that give employment to “Negroes”

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Photo Credit

Mary Goins Roots Collection, from Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL)

Files

Fairfax County Colored Citizens Association 30th Anniversary Booklet - 1941.pdf

Citation

“The Colored Citizens Association Anniversary Booklet,” Fairfax County African American History Inventory, accessed March 1, 2024, https://fairfaxaahi.centerformasonslegacies.com/items/show/207.