The Boston Branch chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will unveil its new office inside the Mall of Roxbury on Saturday.
The local headquarters had been run out of another, nondescript space in the Roxbury mall on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. One year ago, officials said the organization approached the mallís owners seeking a more visible and accessible space.
Established 101 years ago, the Boston affiliate is the oldest chartered branch of the NAACP. It began with volunteers working from church basements, their own homes and rented office spaces, the organization said.
For 40 years, the branch was located at 451 Massachusetts Ave. in the South End. That historic office survived a fire bombing in 1975. The space was foreclosed on in 1995.
On May 19, a ribbon-cutting will celebrate the new location. Representatives of the branch leadership plan to join with members, elected officials, community activists and business leaders for the ceremony inside the mall, organizers said.
A private reception for current members is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon, the organization said in an invitation. A public ceremony is planned to follow from noon to 1:30 p.m. There will be music, food, raffle prizes and entertainment.
Officials said the office will officially open for business immediately following the event.
The NAACP was founded in New York in 1909, two years before the Boston branch formed.
Membership to the chapter is $30 for adults and $15 for children.
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