For the past couple of hours, we have been celebrating this number right here — one hundred years of the NAACP Lancaster.

All this evening, we’ve been talking about history. We’ve been talking about entertainment, and we’ve been talking about what’s to come, but now it’s time for people to get in line, get some food and celebrate what this organization has done in the Lancaster community.

“It was exhilarating, empowering and hopeful,” said attendee Judi Windom.

Whether it was through prayer and performances or through real-life stories of success and progression.

The Lancaster NAACP celebration encompassed the fruits of more than 100 years of labor.

“It’s only highlights of everything from the beginning to now and all the things our ancestors and stuff had put forth and put in place for us to move forward,” said NAACP president Blanding Watson.

That labor included fights against segregation, housing discrimination and poverty.

“That’s amazing to me and the work that they’ve been doing for 100 years and so much that they’ve done for our community,” Windom said.

The NAACP Lancaster chapter president tells me this event is the kickoff of what’s to come for the rest of the year for this chapter.

For anyone who would like to learn more information, just head over to the NAACP local chapter’s website