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186 E. Leland Rd. Pittsburg CA, 94565
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Welcome to the official website of the East County branch of the NAACP! Established in the late 1950s, our branch boasts a rich history of dedicated activism and advocacy within our community. Here, you'll discover the remarkable journey of our organization as we've worked tirelessly to combat racial discrimination, promote civil rights, and strive for social justice in East County. Explore our initiatives, campaigns, and partnerships as we continue our mission to create a more equitable and inclusive society for all. We're honored to have you join us on this journey towards positive change. 

Willie James Mims Obituary

Pittsburg, California, United States

November 30, 1944 - May 22, 2024

Willie James Mims was born to Edward and Lillie Mims on November 30, 1944, in McCaul, LA. He was one of nine siblings. He lived in California since he was two years old. Willie grew up in West Pittsburg, now called Bay Point, California, where he attended and graduated from Pacifica High School in 1963. In high school, Willie excelled in sports, including track and field, basketball, and football. Willie was concerned about issues revolving around environmental justice, especially in Pittsburg. In 1963, he entered the political arena for the first time, passing out flyers supporting the Rumford Fair Housing Act. George Ealy, a local political activist, organized that event.

Willie married Darlene Lea-Mims on July 15, 1967, and they celebrated 52 years of joyous marriage before she preceded him in death. From this union, they have two children, Dana and Marcus; six grandchildren, Tasha Thompson, Nailah Thompson, Khiry Gosha-Mims, Zaheem Smith, Niara Mims, and Inaya Mims; and two great-grandchildren, Khira Gosha-Mims and Chance Gosha-Mims....

Funeral Details:

Date: June 01, 2024

Time: 11:00 A.M

Location: Delta Bay Community Church, 1020 E. Treagallas Rd, Antioch California

Details: Repast immediately following Burial Pittsburg Youth Development Center 1001 Stoneman Ave Pittsburg Ca 94565

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Curlie Jackson​



Curlie Jackson, born on March 21, 1926, made her peaceful transition on May 24, 2024. She was the beloved matriarch of the Williams family, leaving behind her four remaining children and a host of over 140 plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Mrs. Jackson was an active member of First Baptist Church since the 1950s. She greatly impacted her family with her exuberance, kindness, and patience, always taking the time to show how much she loved and cared for us.

Her dedication extended to her community, where she empowered parents to partner with the Pittsburg Unified School District, where she worked for over 30 years.

Mrs. Jackson will undoubtedly be remembered and missed by all who knew her. Mrs. Jackson's life and legacy will continue through her family. 

Pittsburg, California, United States
March 21, 1926 - May 24, 2024

Funeral Details:

Date: May 31, 2024

Time: 11:00 A.M

Location: First Baptist Church

204 Odessa Ave.
Pittsburg, CA 94565

East Contra Costa County NAACP Membership & Scholarship Banquet

Thank you for your support and attendance at this year's scholarship and membership banquet. Our theme "Modernizing the Legacy: Unity, Justice, and Hope,” is intentionally the same as last year. Last year, we focused on honoring legacy and acknowledging new pioneers in various fields who have advanced civil rights in East Contra Costa County. This year, we aim to showcase how the legacy is being modernized by highlighting the skills and expertise of the next generation. 

This year banquet program was meticulously crafted with the deliberate aim of passing the torch to the next generation of leaders. I'd like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our scholarship recipients for their outstanding achievements and the inspiring hope they instill in our organization's future. These deserving recipients will undoubtedly continue to kindle the flame of freedom.

Now, let's shift our focus to the recipient of the Community Service Award. Your unwavering dedication to establishing programs in the city of Pittsburg, particularly for the safety and well-being of our young African American males, has not gone unnoticed by the community. Your initiative in bringing "My Brother's Keeper" to East Contra Costa County is commendable, and we express our sincere gratitude for your innovative approach in uplifting the City of Pittsburg.

However, before we pass the torch, it's crucial to preserve and remember the history, mission, and objectives of our organization. In essence, we must recognize the significance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which aimed to eliminate major barriers to voting, particularly in southern states. Today, considerable resources are invested in encouraging young adults aged 18 to 35 to vote. The 2020 election year underscored the importance of counting every vote in America. 

The NAACP consistently emphasizes voting rights because the Voting Rights Act, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, required significant concessions to southern lawmakers for its passage. Section 5 of the Act prohibited practices like poll taxes and the arbitrary guessing of the number of jellybeans in a jar as prerequisites for voting. Notably, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is reviewed by Congress every 25 years and requires presidential approval. We must remember that voting rights are not universally granted to all Americans, and the last renewal was signed by President George W. Bush in 2006. As we modernize the legacy, it's time to advocate for the elimination of the 25-year renewal requirement by Congress and the president to ensure that black and brown citizens have unimpeded voting rights. Remember to cast your vote in November, and let's not forget that the right to vote comes at a cost—it's not free. 


Your vote will determine whether America continues as a democracy or veers towards a communist or dictatorial regime. Many have sacrificed their lives for what some now take for granted.

As we modernize the legacy, let us not forget the legacy itself.

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