|Membership Returns Curry and Executive Committee for Another Term|
Nov 21, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012, Boston NAACP members took to the polls at
12th Baptist Church in Roxbury to vote for the Officers and Executive
Committee members of the Boston NAACP. The polls were opened from 3:00
to 8:00 p.m., as members cast their ballots returning Attorney Michael
Curry as President of the nation’s first chartered branch for another
two-year term, while also returning a slate of officers and voting in
an even younger leadership team.
The uncontested election has been described as a direct result of the
tremendous amount of work that has been done by the Boston NAACP to
reestablish its presence and influence in the City of Boston. The new
Administration will begin serving their two-year term in January 2013.
Also elected were:
Joining the Executive Committee will be Casaundra Knight, Dionne Mills
Steward, Emmanuelle Renelique, Rev. George Walters Sleyon, Magalie
Jean-Michel, Nancy Danier, Sarah Wenig and Shana Bryant.
- 1st Vice President Cheryl Clyburn Crawford,
- 3rd Vice President Dana Richardson,
- Secretary Ruthann Leverett,
- Treasurer Terri Brown,
- Assistant Secretary Latisha Johnson (also Office Manager), and
- Assistant Treasurer Evelyn Norman.
2011-2012 NAACP Administration Highlights
The Boston NAACP points to the following as a few of the highlights of the 2011-2012 Administration:
President Curry cautioned that despite the progress, there is a
tremendous amount of work yet to be done in the areas of health
disparities, education equity, criminal justice, economic development
and voter empowerment. “After recruiting a team and training them on
the critical issues, we are just getting started,” said Curry. “This
Branch’s presence on many of the critical issues will be visible and
impactful in 2013, and we will finally eliminate any doubt about our
- Recruited and trained a new generation of civil rights leaders.
- Raised the profile of racial discrimination in employment, housing, law enforcement and public
- accommodation, and worked with investigative and enforcement agencies to address cases.
- Created a partnership with New
England Law Boston, Suffolk Law School, Black Law Students Association
at Boston University and Harvard, the Volunteer Lawyers Project and the
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights to address discrimination complaints.
- Hosting a fitting tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the Boston NAACP.
- Reestablished a relationship with city officials, local businesses, clergy and other advocacy groups.
- Launched the first Summer Job –
Pipeline to Leadership Program for youth ages 14 to 20, and graduated
- Successfully raised over $50,000 to open a new office, which opened in the spring of 2012.
- Led protests on the state’s 3 Strikes legislation, Troy Davis death sentence and Trayvon Martin murder.
- Increased Black voting power and the influence of people of color through the redistricting process.
- Held the city’s first Tele-Town Hall Meeting with over 1,500 participants to discuss election issues.
- Registered over 1,000 new voters,
and contributed to the significant increase in voter turnout in
communities of color in the 2012 Presidential election.
- Led campaigns to address HIV/AIDS and Obesity in communities of color.
Open House Dec 1 11am to 4pm
On Saturday, December 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Boston NAACP
will host an Open House at the Mall of Roxbury office to recruit new
leaders to the organization.
“We have over 20 committees in all the key areas of interest to our
community,” said President Curry. “Now we just need dynamic, committed
and focused people of all races to join us and offer their support. We
are also recruiting youth to join our Youth Council.”
More about the NAACP
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. The Boston Branch is the first chartered
branch, established in 1911.
Communications Committee, Boston NAACP
|Posted: November 21 2012
Nancy J Conrad