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A forward vision for the NAACP
Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 13, 2013: Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, hundreds of NAACP leadership from across the state gathered for their annual convention. James Harris had lead the State-wide organization for 8 years, raising the level of community partnerships and civil rights advocacy. Mr. Harris made it clear this would be his last term, and set the stage for his colleague, Richard Smith to ascend to the presidency. Richard Smith was challenged by Sharon Robinson-Briggs, outgoing mayor of Plainfield.
“Fatigue makes cowards of us all…” Richard Smith emphasized during his campaign visits throughout the state, “and I’m going to help this State Conference get back in shape.” Mr. Smith, president of the Greater Vineland NAACP, has had a proven track record of successful fundraising for the organization. For the last 4 years, he has served as the chairman of the committee which organized the state convention.
The National Organization for the Advancement of Colored people last year put out its new guiding platform, as it is called, “The Game Changers.” The Chairman of the National Board of Directors, Roslyn Brock, announced that the 5 areas that the NAACP will use in its civil rights fight forward will be: Education; Economic Development; Health; Public Safety and Criminal Justice; and Voting Rights and Political Representation. Richard Smith and his team have made it clear that they will work to align the goals set by the Game Changers.
Additional officers elected on Saturday, October 12th, were: Adrienne Sanders, president of the Asbury Park/Neptune NAACP, for first vice-president; Lloyd Henderson for second vice-president; Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County NAACP, for third vice-president; Kyra Price for assistant secretary. There was a tie for secretary between Vivian Darkes, secretary of the Atlantic City NAACP and incumbent, Joyce Mollineaux. There will be a run-off election to be held at the December meeting of the New Jersey State Conference.