Local Branch News: 

Kyra Britt is a rising sophomore at Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. She was originally attracted to ACT-SO because it is a positive program founded by the renowned NAACP organization. She was also persuaded to compete by the kind nature of the ACT-SO coordinator, Ms. Annie, who visited her high school and gave her the application to join. Kyra competed in two categories of the 2017 local Howard County ACT-SO branch competition: Instrumental Classical and Vocal Contemporary. For the Vocal Contemporary category, she received a gold medal for her performance of, Take Me to the King, by Kirk Franklin. For the Instrumental Classical category, she was a gold medalist for her piano performance of Sonata in F Major by Joseph Hadyn.

Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Kyra has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!


Excited, grateful and motivated. Kyra is excited to meet other students who value music in the same way that she does. She feels grateful because God has given her this wonderful opportunity to showcase her unique talents. Lastly, she feels motivated to learn from reputable, experienced musicians and grow, not only a musically, but as a person.


Kyra is most nervous about competing against other talented singers from all around the country. Although she is a bit anxious, she is looking forward to listening to the choir perform at the opening ceremony, along with the other musicians who will be performing as well. Kyra also hopes to improve her leadership skills and push herself to come outside of her comfort zone while at the national competition.


As a young Black female who has excelled in areas where Black individuals are often underrepresented, Kyra aspires to be a positive role model for others, especially in the Black community. Ever since she was young, she has studied Black history beyond what was minimally taught in the classroom. She encourages Black people to become more aware of and educated about their history and vital contribution to our society.


“There are many positive experiences for you to share your gifts and talents with others.  [ACT-SO] is a very encouraging atmosphere.” – Kyra Britt

We wish you the best of luck, Kyra, in the 2017 national competition!

  • 15 Mar 2017 5:50 AM | Willie Flowers (Administrator)

    "The Commitment" newsletter was  once the source of information of the Howard County Branch - NAACP for many years. For many reasons, like many things in our community, that tradition ended. 

    The newsletter format was in print so it could have gone the way of other print mags, newsletters and newspapers. Simply put, when paper became more expensive many had to shut-down or change the format. Ebony, Jet, Emerge and many others change in some way. They are all only shells of their former selves. They also ceased being the primary source of information about news on the civil rights front. 

    As well, the people changed. Most readers today get their information on-line by quick read formats and whatever is easy gets read. More importantly, if the headline is sensational it will get coverage even if that headline is misleading and has nothing to do with the less substantial real story. 

    As we all know, civil and human rights work is not sensational all the time and organizing is not easy work. In fact, it takes more time to explain why there should be a meeting, march or protest. During that period the setting for why to demonstrate could have changed. 

    The choice is to adjust to the times or die out. As you explained, The Commitment had died but now it is time to revive it and this his how we will do it?

    First, this website will serve has "The Commitment" moving forward. It will be our source of information and the central Blog to be written by me will be called "The Commitment." We will update you on everything going on with the Howard County Branch #2070, State Conference and National Office. As well, where there is need we will keep you up to date on political, educational and pertinent social happenings in and around Howard County, MD so that you stay informed. We will also invite local writers to post and express themselves on this page. Again, it will take work but we will do our best to being regular with updates. 

    There will be will be a rebirth in the expectations of the NAACP because we will be on the frontline of support for our community and the growth of people being left out of the mainstream of progress. We don't want families to be forgotten and it is our job to make sure their voices and needs are heard.....this is Our commitment. 

    The Commitment Continues!

    Willie Flowers 

    President, Howard County Branch NAACP #7020

    @hccommitment on twitter 


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