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Greetings from the Vice President
Dear Fellow NAACP-ers:
For the past year, I have been trying to continue the programs of our branch, in the absence of our President E. Jacqueline Hunt. Since "No man is an Island," I couldn't do it alone. I would like to take the time to thank the Martha's Vineyard branch executive board, who rallied together to help plan and execute these programs for this year. They are the kind of hard-working and dedicated people no organization can do without. They are invaluable.

I would also like to thank you the members and friends of the organization who give us moral, financial and great encouragement through your attendance and generous donations.

A special thanks goes to those loyal people who can no longer join us in our struggles, but are still willing to keep up their memberships and support in spite of personal circumstances.

Because of all of you, we were able this year to send delegates to the Regional and National conferences, give $1,000 scholarships to two deserving young people from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, keep up our assessments and obligations to the National office, increase our membership by over 60%, enabling this branch to win a National membership award, print a cookbook and realize a hope for the future of this branch, by organizing our first Youth Division of the Martha's Vineyard NAACP.

God Bless You All!
Sincerely,
Carrie B. Tankard, First Vice President

M.V. N.A.A.C.P. Salutes Liz White

The Freedom Fund of the Martha's Vineyard Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is proud to present Liz White's unique and illuminating film, Othello, with an all-black cast headed by Yaphet Kotto.

Liz White began her career in the theater in the 1930s, in the WPA Federal Negro Theater and since those days has had a varied and fascinating career in the performing arts. She has been an actress, director, producer of plays and films and a dresser for such luminaries as Judy Holiday and Lauren Bacall, among others.

However, it was after her stint in the Broadway musical Brown Sugar, Mrs. White found roles for black actresses hard to come by and so she founded the Shearer Summer Theater, a repertory group on the Vineyard. Using Twin Cottage and Shearer Cottage and the surrounding land for her creative staging, she directed and produced many plays. One that stands out was West Side Story, glowingly reviewed by the Vineyard Gazette. Therefore, the Shearer estate, which had for generations served as a resort for blacks when they were excluded elsewhere, became the place where young and old could come together and become a part of theater.

Using mainly the same cast, they performed the play Othello in 1960 and in 1961 in Harlem to excellent reviews, including a full-page article in the Manchester Guardian, of Manchester, England. After the success of the production of Othello, she decided to make the film and during the summers of 1962 through 1966 this extraordinary project was completed. However, the film was not premiered until 1980 at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The film has been critically acclaimed and has been shown at many colleges, at the Museum of Modern art and at Harvard University, Cambridge.

Also threaded through her life has been her commitment to people of all ages. This has been demonstrated by her lifelong participation in community and civic affairs.

We, your friends and members of the NAACP, salute you, Liz, for you have gathered all the parts of your art and brought forth love and beauty and for this we thank you.

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