Community Organizer Receives 100 Men of Color Award

Morris “Rippy” Patton with his daughter Camryn Patton | Submitted

The Bristol Chapter of the NAACP congratulated their 2nd Vice President, Morris “Rippy” Patton on his nomination and acceptance of the 100 Men of Color 2018 award.

This distinguished award annually recognizes Men of Color throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for the impact they have had in business, education, entrepreneurship, government, and public service.

“It has been a pleasure to watch Rippy do his part to keep the flame alive in Bristol through community service in the spirit of former local NAACP leaders like the late Rev. Eddie C. Whitehead, his grandfather, the late Rev. John V. Davis, and our current President, Lexie Mangum, along with many others.” stated the local NAACP.

“We have always encouraged our members to stand up, and be a part of the process. Whether it be through mentorship, political action, or volunteerism, it is important for African Americans to feel comfortable knowing that the work has been done so that our generation can sit at the tables of change,” said President Lexie Mangum.

“Rippy receiving this award is an example of what happens when you simply make yourself available to help when it is needed.”

The 100 Men of Color Black Tie Gala and Awards will be held Friday, October 26th, at 7pm at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.

The annual NAACP Freedom Fund and membership drive will also be held the same evening at Nuchies in Bristol.


The Central Connecticut Roundup is a popular local magazine covering central Connecticut news, Statewide news, National news, local events, commentary, and more.


The Roundup currently has over 5,700 subscriptions and a local social media following of over 95,000 readers across multiple social media sites, apps, pages, and groups.


The Roundup is also a proud member of WordPress. This affiliation offers readers more news from FOX 61 and CBS Connecticut on The Roundup.

Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61

Police: One person injured in slashing attack near New Haven Green

Police: One person injured in slashing attack near New Haven Green

NEW HAVEN — Police are investigating a violent assault that occurred just outside the New Haven Green Thursday afternoon. New Haven Police Department officers are in the early stages of an investigation into the incident, which happened in the area of 195 Church Street near the intersection with Elm Street. The assault was described by witnesses as a “stabbing or slashing.” Police were not aware of the victim’s condition as of Thursday evening. Anyone with information should contact the New […]

Expect More Now: Rich Coppola – The First 30 Years

Expect More Now: Rich Coppola – The First 30 Years

Sports Director Rich Coppola broadcast his first report for FOX61 three decades ago. Named Sportscaster of the Year nine times, Rich has reported on the Whalers leaving and the Yard Goats arriving, the rise of UConn as a basketball powerhouse and told the stories of the Red Sox and the Patriots going from perennial losers to repeat champions. The East Haven native and University of New Haven grad even gets to report on his beloved Yankees. He’s not ready to […]

PD: South Windsor man drugged family, then tried to take his own life

PD: South Windsor man drugged family, then tried to take his own life

SOUTH WINDSOR – Police say a South Windsor man mixed the drug Benadryl into smoothies for a woman and two children, then attempted to kill them and himself by flooding his home with car exhaust. Police were called to a home on Arthur Drive just before 7 a.m. on Sunday March 10th, for a medical issue. When the officer arrived he saw a Saab sedan parked in the attached garage. A tube ran from the the area of the tailpipe […]

Department of Interior approves East Windsor casino

Department of Interior approves East Windsor casino

EAST WINDSOR – The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman says that after repeated delays, the Department of the Interior has approved a casino on non-tribal lands in East Windsor. The project has been stuck in regulatory limbo. The tribal chairmen of MMCT — the joint venture between the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes – have been pushing a bill to bypass the federal approval they need to start construction. It appears that will no longer be necessary. A spokesman for the […]


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.