Today we’d like to introduce you to Cedrick Granberry Sr.
Cedrick, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was stopped by Tyler Police Department being racially profiled in 1995 while leaving a local business a friend and I. We were picked out of crowd of 8-10 youths and detained for about 45 minutes, officers stated I fit the description for a suspect of a robbery that occurred across the street at another business The profile a black male wearing a white T-shirt. My parents were notified we immediately contacted Mr. Ernest Deckard President of NAACP. Mr. Deckard set up a meeting with Tyler Police Department and my family and I was issued a formal apology. So, therefore if it happens to me I knew it was happening to others. That was my lightbulb that came on to stand up in the situation.
I met Mr. Ernest Deckard and joined the NAACP to empower others about racial profiling. The important of voting and mobilization of different resources. Advocates for fairness and Equality people in colored communities deserve equal rights within the society. We push for their advancement, promoting fairness and equality. Reshaping the Future, One Day at a Time. Ensuring equal rights for all people will have to be done through a variety of projects focused on Criminal Justice, Women In NAACP, Education and Community Coordinations. As of today, I serve as the President of NAACP Tyler Texas Branch #6232.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not a smooth road it was big shoes to fill after Ernest Deckard 24 years as an awesome community leader. But once I prayed and asked God to guide my feet my path began to open and with the help of my Executive Board and others before me, it started coming together. You can’t never learn enough NAACP is evolving fast and so are the crimes. The struggles were upgrading to becoming a game-changer incorporating the new and old. But once we launched it become one powerful unit. That I am overwhelming graceful to serve as President.
We’d love to hear more about your organization.
NAACP is the oldest and the boldest civil rights organization. I serve as the President, my job is to exercise general executive authority on behalf of the NAACP unit. What I am most proud is working throughout the community empowering others to vote and carry out the mission of NAACP to secure the political ‘ educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well -being of all persons. What sets us apart from others is When we fight we WiN.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory was attending church under my mentor Bishop W.B Houston.
- Address: NAACP Tyler Texas Branch
P.O Box 120279
Tyler , Texas 75702
- Website: www.naacptylertx6232.org
- Phone: 903 531-0071
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org