NAACP Honors Life & Service Of   Former Regional Director Ernestine Barlow Peters  

The NAACP extends sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Ernestine Barlow Peters and seeks to recognize her service as an innovative NAACP regional director and instrumental leader in helping produce and expand the scope of the annual NAACP Image Awards. She died Aug. 28.

Peters served as a NAACP RegionaI Director from 1995 to 2002 where she managed duties in 16 states and two foreign countries. In 1987, she launched the first NAACP Affirmative Action and Diversity Career Convention in Los Angeles, which would become the NAACP Diversity Career Fairs that are now held in several cities across the country and during the Association’s annual convention.  

In 1991, she and musician Jeffrey Osborne produced a music video that promoted NAACP membership and sponsorships. The success of that production and other projects led to her being appointed coordinator and executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards from 1995-2002. She was also an executive producer of the Vanguard Awards, the most prestigious presented by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

On her death, she was president & CEO of Barlow Productions, an entertainment production company and public relations firm specializing in full events management and productions for television and film.

Born in segregated Memphis in the late 1950s, Peters was one of 10 children and endured discrimination’s sting. She would graduate from the city’s Douglass High school in 1966. Befriended by a white pastor’s family, she was afforded the opportunity to attend an integrated summer camp. It was then she learned, “Racism is not a natural state of being,” she said. “I decided I wanted to do what I could to get rid of it.” As a child, she would become an NAACP volunteer.      

When her daughter succumbed to childhood cancer, Peters would provide extended family outreach counseling to others battling the disease. Her work has been commended by the U.S. Congress, California governors and the City of Los Angeles.

A memorial service for Peters will be heldThursday (Sept. 11)at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 1520 20th Street in Santa Monica, Calif. 

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


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