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Boston NAACP Concludes 2012 Election

Membership Returns Curry and Executive Committee for Another Term
Nov 21, 2012

NAACP LogoOn 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:
  • 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.
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.

2011-2012 NAACP Administration Highlights

The Boston NAACP points to the following as a few of the highlights of the 2011-2012 Administration:
  • 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 16 students.
  • 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.
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 continued relevance.”

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

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