History of NAACP of San Jose/Silicon Valley

2008 to present President Rev. Jethroe Moore II is the co-founder of the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet (BLKC), co-founder of the Beloved Community, sustained the Youth Leadership Forum program and appointed by Gov. Brown to serve on the Police Officers Standards and Training program.

2000-2007 President Rick Callender created the Youth Leadership Forum to provide leadership training for underserved youth, which became a model program. Addressed ‘Driving While Black’ issues on both the local and national level.

1992-1996 President Tony Alexander provided leadership to the NAACP Youth Council members facing discrimination at local De nny’s Restaurant. Resolution of this case brought national changes to Denny’s customer relations.

1960 – President Dr. Leo English, was selected as 1962 San Jose Citizen of the Year. Downtown Woolsworth Store was boycotted under NAACP leadership.

1952 – The San Jose NAACP Branch was chartered, as the Santa Clara County Branch was split and the Palo Alto-Stanford Branch was also chartered. Emmett Dollarhyde was elected president of the new San Jose Branch. NAACP advocated for the hiring of the first African American policeman in San Jose: Officer Francis Tanner.

1942 – The Santa Clara County Branch was formed including members in local cities from San Jose to the northern boundaries of Santa Clara county. In 1951, President Emmitt Dollarhyde requested a permanent injunction that the City of San Jose bar all future minstrel shows in the Civic Auditorium.