The Montford Point Marine Association is a nonprofit Veteran's organization, established to perpetuate the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1949, at Montford Point Camp, New River, North Carolina.
Membership in the Association is open to veterans and active members of all branches of the U. S. Armed Forces regardless of race, creed, or national origin.
The purpose of the Association is to support educational assistance programs, veterans programs, and promotion of community services. The Association works to improve the social conditions of our veterans, local families, youth and the growing population of senior citizens.
Throughout the year, the Association is busy with activities that create camaraderie, goodwill, and esprit de corps, both locally and nationally. The activities vary from chapter to chapter and include, but are not limited to youth programs, visits to various organizations and veterans support agencies as well as delivering food and much need items to the sick and shut in during times of distress.
We the officers and members of the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., wish to express our grief and heartfelt sympathy to the beloved families, and friends of the victims of the Charleston, SC church shootings. This tragic occurrence claimed the lives of nine innocent human beings attending bible study. Among those who died were a friend and advocate of the National Montford Point Marine Association, State Senator, the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney. Reverend Pnckney will be truly missed by all. We bow in humble submission to the will of our heavenly father and we pray that the bereaved families and each of you will find comfort in Jesus who is able, and will heal all sorrow.
The Beaufort SC Chapter # 9 had and active relationship with Senator Pinckney. The following excerpt was provided by Past National Vice President, Elijah Abram during a speech:
The following excerpt was provided by Past National President, Joseph H. Geeter III:
Mr. President, the news of SC State Senator Clementa Pinckney has stunned us all. Senator Pinckney was born in Beaufort SC and became a State representative at the age of 23. He was elected to the State Senate at 27. The Beaufort Chapter President, Elijah Abram, introduced me to him in 1996. Senator Clementa Pinckney made himself available at many of our events in Beaufort. He was such a supporter of the Beaufort Chapter and of Marines in general that he was made an honorary Leatherneck by the Commanding General of MCRD Parris Island. I was so impressed with his presence and drive that I wrote Ebony magazine in the late 90s to recommend him for their top 30 under 30 African Americans in the Country and they accepted and he appeared in Ebony. I remember at one time he pastored two churches, was studying for his Masters, while serving in the SC House and was dating his future wife. This man was tireless and extremely humble human being.
Abe said it best to me this morning "I'm completely numb".
Dr. James T. Averhart, Jr.
National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. (NMPMA, Inc.)
P.O. Box 711
Quantico, Virginia 22134
Telephone Number: (540) 288-6129