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The NAACP Bishop William H. Graves, Sr. Memorial Membership Campaign will launch Feb. 12 and last through September 10, 2021. The new membership campaign is named for Bishop William H. Graves, Sr., 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, 2019.
The campaign is the brainchild of NAACP national board member Presiding Bishop Marvin Thomas of the Second Episcopal District and is being conducted in partnership with the CME Church.
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.”
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