El Cerrito NAACP
The El Cerrito Branch was formed in 1967. Its formation was largely due to the efforts of Mr. Alfred J. Radford; better know as “AJ”. He fostered all the fundamentals of social justice that the NAACP advocated. He knocked on every door in El Cerrito and Kensington recruiting members, many of them white. AJ served as the Branch’s first President from 1967 to 1970. By October 1971, the Branch membership had grown to 140 members and included 16 NAACP Life Memberships, the largest number of all the Bay Area branches.
The El Cerrito Branch’s first Freedom Fund Banquet to raise fund for education and support other branch initiatives was in 1971. Since then, there have been 32 Annual Freedom Fund Banquets with many in partnership with other Bay Area NAACP Branches. The Branch is the also the Co-Sponsor of the Annual El Cerrito Martin King, Jr. Parade, has sponsor a scholarship program for youth as well other initiatives for social justices and fairness throughout the community.
The El Cerrito NAACP Branch is indebted to Mr. Radford as well as many other members including Mr. Charles Wilson, Mr. Gerald Martin, and Mr. Marshon King for their dedication, commitment vision as some of the initial founders of the El Cerrito NAACP Branch.