The Baltimore branch of the NAACP will receive the national organization’s top award for a second straight year at a convention in Las Vegas later this month.
The Baltimore City branch is set to receive the Thalheimer Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by NAACP chapters. The award is named for Dr. Ross Thalheimer, a Johns Hopkins University educator and philanthropist.
The Baltimore chapter was cited for its efforts to repeal Maryland’s death penalty, lobbying for gun control legislation, and new voter registration programs.
“We had a great year of success in 2013 and it is humbling that we will once again be honored with the Thalheimer Award,” Tessa Hill-Aston, the chapter’s president, said in a statement. “This recognition encourages us to continue pushing for justice and equality and proves that the NAACP has an important role to play in the contemporary fight for civil rights.”
The Baltimore branch won the award last year for its efforts on marriage equality, immigration reform, and the establishment of a city-wide Boy Scout troop.