History of the
Lake Elsinore Branch
In 1976 a number of concerned citizens assembled at the home of Jim and Ethel McGowan (deceased) under the encouragement of Virginia Green Phillips to bring a NAACP branch to Lake Elsinore and Ameal Moore of the Riverside NAACP worked as a liason to help the fledgling group with the application and getting the membership organized to create a vibrant and active force in the community.
Virginia Phillips (deceased) was the original President. Sonja Williams (now Wilson) was the Secretary, Flora Frazier was the Membership Chair, Dan Tindell (deceased) was Treasurer and Jim McGowan served as an advisor to the group on a number of important matters.
Lake Elsinore NAACP Branch # 1034 received its charter in 1977 and became functional. The original group had a membership of more than fifty (which was the requirement) and continues to reach out to the public today in support of civil rights issues in a spirit of 'justice for all.' Two of the charter members are still alive and continue to support the organization.
In recent years, the Lake Elsinore branch has reached out to surrounding communities in the southwest Riverside county area including the communities of Corona, Temecula Valley, Canyon Lake, Perris, Sun City, Menifee, Hemet and San Jacinto. We welcome anyone in these communities to join us in our unified effort to support democracy and social justice in Riverside county.