Welcome to the Dayton Unit NAACP

Message from our President


On behalf of the Dayton Unit NAACP, 1st Lady Jean and I, welcome you to our Website. Founded in 1915, the Dayton Unit NAACP is the oldest and largest Civil and Human Rights organization in the Dayton Region. Our members, volunteers, office staff, organizers, committee chairs, Twitter and Facebook friends continue to fight for social justice for ALL Americans. We hope you have an opportunity to view our Annual Reports to be enlightened about our work. Please navigate through our website to learn more about our organization. We encourage your youth to participate in our youth enrichment programs.

Your Community servant, 

Dr. Derrick L. Foward 


"Move Forward With Foward"

"Our Success Is Influenced By Your Actions (DLF)" 

Founded in 1915, the Dayton Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the city’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Our members throughout the Dayton Region and Montgomery County are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. Our core goals are to Inform, Educate and Empower the Citizenry as we pursue justice and equality for all Americans. 

For more information on the Dayton Unit NAACP, please call (937) 222-2172 or visit www.naacpdayton.org

Local President Wins Re-election to Seventh Two-Year Term

Fellow Citizens: 


On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Dayton Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP held it’s Biennial Election at the Dayton Unit NAACP office. Dr. Derrick L. Foward was re-elected as President of the Dayton Unit NAACP with his term commencing on January 1, 2019 and ending on December 31, 2020. He has won re-election to his seventh 2-year term.

“I am humbled and truly appreciate the members of the Dayton Unit NAACP for believing in my leadership and entrusting me to lead the organization for another two years,” said Dr. Derrick L. Foward, President of the Dayton Unit NAACP. “We will remain focused on our 21st Century Game Changers which are as follows: Economic Sustainability; Education; Health; Public Safety and Criminal Justice; Voting Rights and Political Representation; and Expand Youth and Young Adult Engagement” said Foward. “We will continue to hold everyday citizens, small and large business owners and corporations accountable for the racial or bigoted actions they take. We have no permanent friends or permanent enemies, only interests. We must ALL strive to live in an America that is inclusive of ALL people” said Foward.

Members of the NAACP voted on their elected officials Sunday with a majority of incumbents retaining their positions. The other people elected to serve in the Foward administration include:

First Vice President: Rev. Herman E. Branham (Incumbent); Second Vice President: Tom Roberts (Incumbent); Third Vice President: Willie A. Terrell, Jr. (Incumbent); Secretary: Clair Mae Thompson (Incumbent); Assistant Secretary: Lauretta Williams (Incumbent); Treasurer: Cedric L. McGhee (Incumbent); and Assistant Treasurer: Harvey C. Bolden.

Executive Committee: Stacey D. Benson Taylor (Incumbent); Lu Dale (Incumbent); Eric L. Ellington, Sr. (Incumbent); Rev. Dr. David I. Fox (Incumbent); Arnetta G. Gary (Incumbent); Marvene A. Mitchell (Incumbent); David Montgomery (Incumbent); Dr. Carl E. Moyler (Incumbent); Ayo O. Ogunduyile (Incumbent); Derrick Scales, Sr. (Incumbent); Christopher L. Shaw (Incumbent); Scott E. Sliver (Incumbent): Deborah A. Smith (Incumbent); William Thomas Spear (Incumbent); and Dr. Anthony B. Whitmore (Incumbent).

Dayton Unit NAACP 2018 Annual Meeting

Fellow Citizens:


On Monday, December 17, 2018, the Dayton Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will hold its Annual Meeting at the Northwest Recreation Center located at 1600 Princeton Dr. at 6:00 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear high level reports from the Vice Presidents and Standing Committee Chairs regarding the significant work they accomplishments in the year of 2018.


The main purpose of the Annual Meeting is for every Officer and Committee Chair to give a report to our Stakeholders so they are informed and educated about the work thereby empowered to intelligently communicate the accomplishments to their network of friends,” said Dr. Derrick L. Foward, President of the Dayton Unit NAACP. The Dayton Unit NAACP looks forward to your attendance and participation. All are welcome to attend. 

Outback Steakhouse will cater the annual meeting. The Christmas Dinner time is set for 7:45PM. The menu they will provide is as follows:

Steak and Grilled Chicken

Mashed Potatoes

Bread & Butter

House Salad With Choice of Ranch or Honey Mustard

Cheese Cake

Plates, Silverware, Napkins, Cups 

The Dayton Unit NAACP will provide ham and chicken. We are asking the members to provide water, pop, juice and ice. We also need coolers to keep the liquid refreshments cold. If you would like to contribute another type of side dish, feel free to bring it so Outback can put it 

in the line-up with the other food. Please coordinate what you will contribute to Ms. Bessie L. Siler (222-2172), Executive Administrative Assistant to the President. 

President Derrick L. Foward Approval Rating Survey

Overall, do you approve of the job that President Derrick L. Foward is doing as President of the Dayton Unit NAACP and the direction he is leading the Unit? Step #1 - Please provide your name. Step #2 - Please provide your e-mail address. Step #3 - Please provide a YES or NO answer in the message box. After providing your YES or NO answer, you can also provide feedback if you so desire. Step #4 - Hit the "SEND" button. Once you hit "SEND," you will receive a confirmation that the survey was completed. This survey is for Dayton Unit NAACP Members only, excluding Executive Committee Members who have already taken the survey.

Survey Closes on December 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

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Premier Health CEO Mary Boosalis Response - 2-19-18 (pdf)


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Community Stakeholders Strategy for DPS Schools

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President's 2018 Letter to DPS Board W-Sign (pdf)


DPS Superintendent Response to President Foward Letter (pdf)


DPS Superintendent Attendance Matters Letter (pdf)


Dayton Unit NAACP 2018 Attendance Letter to Parents (pdf)


Who We Represent?


The NAACP was founded by a multi-racial group of people pursuing to end racial discrimination.


We have an active Junior Youth Council (Ages 1-13), Youth Council (Ages 14-17), High School Chapter (High School Students), and Adult Unit, an opportunity for everybody to get involved!


We protect the Civil and Human Rights of all Americans.

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We look forward to seeing you at our Monthly Community Meetings typically held on the 4th Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy located at 1923 W. Third St.

Dayton Unit NAACP

1528 W 3rd Street, Dayton, OH 45402, US

(937) 222-2172



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