History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)
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Tessa Hill-Aston President,
Baltimore City Branch
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Tessa Hill-Aston is the current president of the Baltimore City Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes.
For more than 25 years, Tessa has been a prominent voice for human rights in the area of social change, social justice and equality. Her ability to educate, congregate while bringing constituents’ issues to the forefront is part of her initiative to build a greater community and a greater Baltimore. While presiding over the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP, Tessa has been building and growing partnerships between local government, businesses, religious leaders and community leaders alike; combating the issues of social justice, change, and equality. Tessa has been working to strengthen partnerships with local groups to stand in solidarity and witness for positive change.
For more than two decades, Tessa has been abdicating for those who some times are not able to speak for themselves. Her ever present involvement and activism demonstrates her passion and commitment for building and inspiring men and women in the City of Baltimore; seeking to enhance the quality of life for all people. Her ability to bring together parties and resolve conflict – coupled with her continued diligence and dedication to simply help others – has led to outstanding leadership and success in a myriad of areas dealing with the restoration of relationships, equality and harmonious living.
The NAACP was founded on Febrary 12, 1909, and is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization. The Baltimore City Branch was established on April 4, 1912.
Some of Ms. Hill-Aston’s Awards include:
New Fellowship Christian Community Church Outreach Co. Certificate of Recognition
Branch Centennial Award 2012
Enolia P. MacMillan “Women in the NAACP” Award 2013
B.A.P. Community Service Award 2013
Anthony McCarthy Civil Rights Awards 2013
Maryland Live Casino “Black History Hero” Award 2014