“I’ve been trying to get this going since February. Our first meeting was in April and we had seven people. The second meeting was attended by myself, and Charles Lamb, who came to the meeting from Paducah,” said Mrs. Lander.
“We sent letters to churches, told the radio, The Cadiz Record, and made some fliers that we hung around town. I spoke to a few ministers in person, and they sounded interested. Some said that because of vacation bible school at their churches, they might not be able to make the meeting.”
Mrs. Lander felt that the NAACP would be a positive influence in the community, and was dismayed that attendance was low. “We can’t get any elected officials to attend. There’s no judge-executive, no mayor or anyone else.”
To be recognized as an official chapter, Lander would need 50 dues-paying members. Adult dues are $30 annually, or $15 for a youth. A member is also entitled to a subscription to Crisis Magazine, examining race relations in the modern United States. Lifetime memberships are also available, as are institutional memberships for churches and businesses.
As of the June 27 meeting, she had mustered two paid members. One lived in Vine Grove, Kentucky. “I’m not sure where that is, but I met her in Owensboro at a meeting.”
Mrs. Lander wondered if the dues were a contributing factor in the low turnout. “Sometimes I hear people say ‘I don’t have the money,’ or ‘$30 is too much.’ I’ll bet if we said this was free, and offered free food, all of Cadiz would be here.”
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