The William H. Graves Memorial Membership Campaign will launch Feb. 12 and last until May 31. The new membership campaign is named for Bishop William H. Graves, former vice chair of the NAACP national board of directors. Graves, who was the 42nd bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME), died in Memphis on Nov. 30 at age
The campaign is the brainchild of NAACP national board member Bishop Marvin Thomas and is being conducted in partnership with the CME church, which has more than a million members across the United States.
Bishop Graves was born in Brownsville, Tenn. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lane College and studied at Phillips School of Theology of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Graves also received a doctor of ministry degree from the Claremont School of Theology in California.
NAACP national board member Gloria Sweet-Love is excited about the establishment and the significance of a membership campaign in honor of Graves.
“The campaign will be an opportunity for reflection on the legacy of Bishop Graves,” said Sweet- Love during a campaign committee meeting. “It will provide an opportunity for increased membership and commitment by new members to the work of the Association.”
Note: The current NAACP CRISIS Magazine features the above article about the NAACP William H. Graves, Sr. Memorial Membership Campaign (launches on February 12 and ends on May 31, 2021). The article appears on Page “84.”https://issuu.com/thecrisis…/docs/the_crisis_december_2020