Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country. NAACP founders include Ida Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. DuBois, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard and William English Walling. More than half-million members and supporters throughout the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
The Dona Ana County Branch is a non-profit organizational unit of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People. It was established in 1924 to help address civil rights issues and judicial inequalities affecting communities of color and all who were marginalize within the county. Governed by a dedicated group of volunteer members, the Dona Ana County Branch has an approximately 10 standing committees, which provide a myriad of civil rights and social justice initiatives. Advocacy services are provided at no cost to the community and include, but are not limited to Civic Engagement, Legal Redress, Health and Educational Advocacy.
The Dona Ana County Branch of the NAACP is a non-profit agency supported primarily by funds generated from membership as well as corporate and individual contributions. The Branch has been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years. As a result of the civic engagement, youth outreach and positive recognition and involvement from civic and community leaders. We serve the Dona Ana County twelve cities through our programs and informed committees made up of our dedicated volunteer members. Led by an Executive Committee of approximately 15 volunteers, there are approximately 100 members in the Dona Ana County Branch of the NAACP. The goal of the Branch is to increase its membership annually and be a positive and productive organization serving the greater Dona Ana Communities and the State of New Mexico.
The mission of the NAACP Dona Ana County Branch #6102 is to ensure social justice, civil rights, and educational and economic equality for all citizens of Dona Ana County.
The vision of our Branch is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
Curtis Rosemond is the President and CEO of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is also the Director of Operations for VIP Southwest Services and Tours. Rosemond, is a long time business and community leader who has served on numerous boards to help advocate for a stronger local economy and quality of life within the region. He currently serves as Executive Adviser to the State of New Mexico Office of African American Affairs; he is the President of the Dona Ana County NAACP Branch and the 2nd, Vice President for the NAACP State Conference. He is also an El Maida Shriner and is the Past Worshipful Master of the Jornada Masonic Lodge.