Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference

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.

On September 13th - 15th, the NAACP State Area Conference of Alaska, Oregon and Washington hosted its two-day Annual Convention at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Spokane, Washington. With over 50 delegates representing the 13 branches, we elected new officers and celebrated Spokane NAACP's Centennial! With a packed room of over 350 people, the weekend's highlight was the Centennial Celebration of the Spokane Branch with keynotes by actor/activist Danny Glover and Bernie Sanders 2020 co-chair Nina Turner. During the dinner, Carolyn Riley-Payne was presented with the Spirit of Excellence award for her 40 years of service and dedication to ACT-SO youth and this year's President's award went to former Rep. Jesse Wineberry and Nat Jackson for their leadership on reestablishing Affirmative Action through Yes on I-1000.

The Spokane Branch presented three youth with scholarships through the Lt. Colonel Michael P. Anderson awards. This year's recipients were selected from students planning to enroll int he fall of 2020 to post-secondary two year or four year college, university, vocational or technical schools, or in an apprenticeship program.

Photos from the event coming soon!

Spokesman Review article about the event: Actor Danny Glover, Ohio lawmaker Nina Turner headline NAACP conference at Northern Quest

If you have any questions about the event, or about the NAACP, please contact Serena Satoran, Communications Chair at

Events Happening Around the Conference:


Corvallis Albany Branch:

Soul Food Dinner, October 7th from 5-7pm. To attend or volunteer contact Christopher Hughbanks at

Freedom Fund Banquet, November 16th from 6-9pm. This year's keynote will be Willie Richardson, President of the Oregon Black Pioneers. Reserve your seat or buy a table for all your friends at

Eugene Springfield Branch:

2019-2020 Youth Programming Kick Off is October 5th at the Lane County Community College downtown campus, 10am to 12pm. More information available at

Salem Keizer Branch:

11th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet featuring Nakeia Council-Daniels, Deputy Director of Oregon Youth Authority. For more information visit our Local Events page, or contact the branch directly at


Yakima Branch:

Community Forum on Hate Crimes, October 15th from 6-8pm at the NAACP office located at the Beauchamp Community Center.


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