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 Event and News Story:

  • Protesters hold up their hands while chanting “hands up, don't shoot” outside Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Lu...

    Associated Press

    Protesters hold up their hands while chanting “hands up, don't shoot” outside Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks inside to members of the community during an interfaith service, Monday, in Atlanta.

Check out the complete coverage on our News Tab regarding the AOWSAC NAACP's response to the Fergusion grand jury decision.

Photo courtesy of Tony Funchess of Portland 1120.

Upcoming Events in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington:




February 27th: Eugene-Springfield Branch's Annual Freedom Fund Dinner Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, 97401 United States This year’s theme: Public and Community Service: Why it is important to engage our young people to serve. MC: Greg Evans Friday, February 27, 2015 Reception: 6pm Dinner and Program: 7pm Valley River Inn 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, Oregon You can register online at: If you require an invoice please let us know by calling 541-484-1119 or email Please consider sponsoring a table. If you would like more information about sponsorship please give us a call. Thanks

April 18th: Eugene-Springfield Branch's ACT-SO Performance Competition Saturdays in Eugene: Education Research Center is open starting at 10am at the Lane Community College Downtown Campus - 2nd floor for parents and students who want more information on our Youth Council, ACT-SO and our Back to School Tutoring Program (BTS). Visit our website for a current schedule: (


January 21st: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: A forum with 1968 Olympic medalist John Carlos, hosted by Garfield High School's Black Student Union. This event will be held Thursday, at 7pm in the Quincy Jones Auditorium, 400 23rd Ave (23rd and Jefferson). Seattle Branch President Gerald Hankerson will be among those speaking.

March 7th: Bremerton Branch: The 15th annual Mission Outreach Day event at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 1906 13th Street in Bremerton. This event will begin with a Workshop on Education at 2:00 PM, followed by the main program at 4:00. We are looking to make this a big event to properly commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama (March 7, 1965). Congress responded to the events of Bloody Sunday by enacting the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Gerald Hankerson, President of the King County NAACP from Elliot Stoller

This month's news highlights:

ACT-SO winner has aspirations to be a Nobel Prize Winner, Seattle Medium

Justice Department will not pursue charges in relation to the killing of Michael Brown, Jason Rantz Show KIRO Radio 97.3 FM

From Black Power to Black Lives Matter, The Skanner

Seattle city employess walk out to rally for police reform, The Seattle Times

Crowd of 2000 turns out for Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, The Spokesman Review

Crossing the color line: Police, citizens talk through tough issues, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Youth Development Program graduates et skill sets for success, Everett Herald

Police wrestly with definition of chokehold, LA Times

NAACP blasts decision not to prosecute officer who punched woman under arrest, The Seattle Times

Seattle NAACP speacks out against prosecutor for not filing charges against police officer, Sun Valley Chronicle

Why racial strife in America matters in Snohomish County, Everett Herald Op Ed by Snohomish County President Dr. Janice Greene

Anchorage answers the national 'Black Lives Matter' call, KTVA TV with photos

Local rally supports national cause, KTUU TV with video

Students, community continue marches in Seattle over Ferguson, King5 News

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

President Hankerson speaks to Seattle's King 5 News on the local perspective of what's happening in Ferguson.

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