Ester Cooper, a landowner and a resident of Arlington County, organized the Arlington Branch of the NAACP in 1940. Dr. Herbert C. Marshall, first president of the NAACP Branch of Washington, DC, assisted Mrs. Cooper in founding the Arlington Branch.  The first organization meeting was held in St. John Baptist Church, Arlington, VA.  According to the former Branch President, William C. Butler, Sr., the first officers installed in October were as follows: 

                        Ester I. Cooper – President
                        Reverend Charles Green – Vice President
                        Jesse L. Washington – Treasurer
                        Emma Mosley – Entertainment Chair
                        Preston H. Harris, Esquire – Legal Redress

Since Mrs. Cooper’s thirteen years of leadership (1940 – 1953), the NAACP Arlington Branch has been led by other dedicated presidents, including the following:  Reverend James Browne, late 50’s; Carl Ferguson, late 50’s; Reverend Chester Murray, 60’s; Judge Thomas Monroe, 60’s; Reverend Ronald Williams, early 70’s; William C. Butler, Sr., 1975 – 1988; Robert D. McGregor, Jr., 1988 – 1996; Dr. Alfred O. Taylor, Jr., 1997 – 1998; Voncile Trotter Hines, 1998 – 2000 and Dr. Talmadge Williams, 2000 – 2008, Elmer L. H. Lowe, Sr., 2008 – 2014, Karen Nightengale 2015 – 2018, Julius Spain Sr. 2019-present. 

In 1940, the purpose of the NAACP Arlington Branch was to eradicate racial prejudice and to eliminate racial discrimination in education, employment, housing, and civil rights.  In 2015, the NAACP is still fighting for that same purpose.  If you know our struggle has not ended, then we need your help.  Your membership and support for the programs of the NAACP Arlington Branch will help realize our dream of true equality. 

During the early years “People of Color” were largely of African American descent. Today the term “People of Color” would exclusively describe a new deprivation that identified our Latin, Asian, Native American, Gay, and Lesbian brothers and sisters.


Credit is given to the following resources for the information included above:  Community Archives, The Paper of William C. Butler, Sr., Arlington County Department of Libraries, and The Virginia Room.

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Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

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Engaging with the Community 


​We work with our community to encourage them to take action and work collaboratively to solve issues. 



Advocating for the Youth


​The Arlington NAACP Branch is dedicated to advocating for equal educational opportunties within our youth. We strive to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination 


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Peaceful Protests


Whenever the NAACP sees inequalities within the community, we are at the forefront of challenging these disparities. 



Freedom Fund Banquet 


The Freedom Fund Banquet is the major fundraising event for most branches of the NAACP. Contributions and donations allow us to offer valuable workshops, scholarships, and activities for the community that we serve.