Greater Springfield NAACP celebrates 100th anniversary

Hampden County

A  local civil rights organization has reached a new milestone. 

The Greater Springfield NAACP celebrated its 100th anniversary with a banquet in Agawam Thursday night.

Hundreds gathered to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the chapter throughout the decades. 

“In each age, we have to fight our own battle for freedom,” Bishop J. Louis Felton said. “I’m a product of the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s but of course, there’s a new civil rights movement now.”

The NAACP is a network of more than 2,200 branches covering all 50 states.

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