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_ Welcome to Dayton Unit NAACP

dlf__jaf_naacp_103rd_annual_convention_cropped.jpgOn behalf of the Dayton Unit NAACP, 1st Lady Jean and I, welcome you to our Website. Founded in 1915, the Dayton Unit NAACP is the oldest and largest Civil and Human Rights organization in the Dayton Region. Our members, volunteers, office staff, organizers, committee chairs and Facebook friends continue to fight for social justice for ALL Americans. We hope you have an opportunity to view our Annual Reports to be enlightened about our work. Please navigate through our website to learn more about our organization. We encourage your youth to participate in our youth enrichment programs.


Your Community servant,


Derrick L. Foward, M.C.E.




Founded in 1915, the Dayton Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the city’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Our members throughout the Dayton Region and Montgomery County are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. Our core goals are to Inform, Educate and Empower the Citizenry as we pursue justice and equality for all Americans.

 For more information on the Dayton Unit NAACP, please call (937) 222-2172 or visit



_ NAACP Vision Statement

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

_ NAACP Mission Statement

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. ...Read more

_ Dayton Unit NAACP Vision Statement

The Dayton Unit NAACP VISION is to fulfill the Dream of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by capitalizing on the 2nd “A” of the NAACP, which stands for ADVANCEMENT. Copyright © 2007 Incorporated - DLF

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Women Beauty Services 

Beaute' Box

Owner - Lisa Scott

116 W. Fifth St

Dayton, Ohio 45402

(937) 903-3165


Fine Dining 

De'lish Café

Owner - Jasmine

139 N. Main St.

Dayton, Ohio 45402

(937) 461-2233


Taste Creative Cuisine

Owner - Jason Thomas

2555 Shiloh Springs Rd.

Trotwood, Ohio 45426

(937) 854-7060



The Coffee Lounge 

Owner - Darren Boykin

2809 Philadelphia Dr.

Dayton, Ohio 45406

(937) 938-5906



Trash and Paper Disposal Services 

Barwick Disposal Services & Recycling

Owner - Anthony Barwick

P.O. Box 95

Dayton, Ohio 45401

(937) 825-5089



Security Services 

Security @ Work

Owner - Greg Lowe

1573 Courter St.

Dayton, Ohio 45417

(937) 260-9313



Plumbing Services 

All Inclusive Services

Owner - Jerome Anderson & Dan Garrett

P.O. Box 301

Dayton, Ohio 45405

(937) 222-1776 


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Meet Recorder Willis E. Blackshear, Sr.


Dayton and Montgomery County Black Elected Officials


Willis E. Blackshear is the 33rd Recorder in Montgomery County and the first African American to hold the office of Recorder, in the State of Ohio.

Mr. Blackshear is a native of Dayton, where he resides with his wife, Regina. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mr. Blackshear joined the Montgomery County's Treasurer's office in 1985, where he performed in various functions until his 2006 appointment to the office of Montgomery County Recorder.

Over the years, Mr. Blackshear has endeavored to serve the citizens of Montgomery County through campaign and volunteer work, and is currently serving as a board member for Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Project Impact, Sinclair Paralegal and Tawawa Community Development Corporation.

In 2001, Mr. Blackshear was honored by the Dayton Business Journal as one of the "Most Influential People in the Dayton Area".

Mr. Blackshear strives to continue serving the public in his position as Recorder. Within the Recorder's office, Mr. Blackshear will further the development of E-Filing, and preserve the strong customer service commitment of the Recorder staff.

In recognition of his efforts as Recorder, Willis has received the National Association of Social Workers Public Official of the Year Award (2009), Parity Inc. Top Ten African American Male Award (2009), and the League of Woman Voters Making Democracy Work Award (2010). He also was selected as the "Democrat of the Year" by the Montgomery County Democratic Party in 2014. 




Meet Jerry Leggett

Executive Director



 The Dayton International Peace Museum Board of Trustees appointed Jerry Leggett as Executive Director beginning on April 15, 2014. Leggett has an extensive background in non-profit management and strategic planning in addition to fund-raising, digital communication, volunteer management, and professional mediation and music.

Dr.  William  P.  Shaw,  president  of  the  Board  of  Trustees,  says  that  “as the Museum turns a new page in its 10-year history, we are very fortunate to have Jerry Leggett as our new Executive Director. Hiring a full-time professional director is a bold step forward in the life of the Dayton International Peace Museum. Jerry brings fresh energy and a long-standing passion for peace to the Museum. We welcome old and new friends to the museum and to meet Jerry Leggett, as we work to expand the impact of the Museum beyond Dayton, across the country and  the  world.”

For most of his career, Leggett has woven music and the arts with professional work that serves vulnerable populations. With an undergraduate degree in communications and a M.Div. focusing on coursework in human behavior and the psychology of Carl Jung, Leggett says he believes  in  “the  amazing  capacity  imbedded  in  humans  to  help  make  good things  happen.” From 2011-2014, Leggett was employed by Child and Family Service on Hawaii Island as a Mental Health professional and Program Director for its Crisis Mobile.

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President's Spotlight

Derrick Foward"Move Forward With Foward"

Fellow Citizens:

Achieving constitutional justice in America isn't easy, but with your help, we will be one step closer. The unemployment rates across the country are staggering for people of African American descent. In almost every City in the these United States of America, the unemployment rate for African Americans is almost doubled the national average. We need to hold every employer accountable to the following mandate as outlined in the United States Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be Self-Evident, that All Men Are Created Equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain Unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Ask yourself, if all men are created equal, how do disparities exist? "We the People..." expect equality!!!

"Our Success Is Influenced By Your Actions (DLF)"

Your community servant,

Derrick L. Foward