CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Charleston Branch NAACP celebrated the 100th anniversary of the branch’s founding with a Drop In and Open House at the Branch Office on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Many people from the community came for the celebration including elected officials, clergy and law enforcement. Dot Scott, the president of the Charleston branch of the NAACP talked about their history saying, “We are so cognizant of the fact that we stand on the shoulders of folks who have been her prior to us.”

Chartered in 1917, the Charleston Branch is the oldest and one of the largest and most diverse NAACP Branches in South Carolina.

At the celebration, we talked to NAACP National Youth and College Director Stephen Green. He explained why it is so important for them to engage young people.

“We won’t have a future if we don’t have young people engaged,” said Green. “It’s critical for us that we prepare a next level of leadership and with millennials being one of the largest demographics of potential voting demographics and beyond, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we have a pipeline of leadership. We want them to be front and center and engaged to move forward.”

The Charleston Branch NAACP is located at: A, 81 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403