ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Community leaders re-established the Albany-Dougherty branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Friction between the national organization and the local unit goes back a decade.
The Albany Civil Rights Institute hosted an election ceremony earlier this week.
The steering committee elected the youngest president in branch history, Albany State University student Kiara Jackson.
Jackson said she is passionate about social justice. She explained that she believe it is important for young people to get involved.
“When the youth answer calls to action, and when they kind of see in the community that there’s a need for people to step forward and fill these positions, not just to wear the title, but because we’re passionate about the work in the community, we’re passionate about the work of our people, it inspires me to keep going," Jackson said.
The committee also elected a diverse executive committee: Velma Robinson as vice president, Amna Farooqi as 2nd vice president, Dr. Joshua Nelson as 3rd vice president and Princess Brownlee as secretary. The rest of the committee members are Sherrell Byrd, Matthew Stanley, Mary Green, Angela Hines, Rhonda Hines and Sabrina Owens Hayes.
Dr. Nelson said the group had already been figuring out how to fulfill their mission prior to Sunday’s election ceremony.
“A number of racial issues that we have gotten calls about that we would love to actually deal with and address," Dr. Nelson explained. "So, everything is not totally good and perfect, especially in the civil rights and social justice arena here in Albany.”
The re-establishment of the branch also commemorated 400 years since the day the first documented Africans were brought to America.
The Albany-Dougherty NAACP branch is still looking for people to get involved.
If you’re interested, check out the branch’s Facebook page here.