By Daphne Ramsey
The Syracuse-Onondaga County chapter of the NAACP recently named its 2017-2018 branch officers and executive committee members, during an event at the Syracuse Equal Opportunity Center, at 100 New St., in Syracuse.
Juanita Perez-Williams, Esq., a member of the NAACP’s local chapter, led the ceremony swearing in the new members.
Linda Brown-Robinson has been elected president of the group.
“I’m excited to be a part of the swearing in of the new members,” Perez-Williams stated. “Especially Mrs. Linda Brown-Robinson, because of the long history of dialogue we have shared concerning the need of membership growth of the NAACP, which welcomes all people.”
“I’m happy to accept the invitation, and to help fill the needs of the NAACP as president,” Brown-Robinson stated.
According to Brown-Robinson, she also has a new 100-day plan for the organization, which will require help from the community, as well as NAACP members.
Brown-Robinson also said the group would welcome additional support from community members who may be available to participate in local NAACP committees in the future.
“Many hands lighten the load,” she stated.
In addition, the Syracuse chapter of the NAACP has named the following additional branch and committee members: County Executive Joanie Mahoney; former City of Syracuse Police Chief Dennis Duvall; Gwen Lark; Dr. Pollard; Dorothy Williamson; Jerry Augustine; Stephon Donaldson; Lionel Hogan; Felisha Wright; Janice James; Mike Atkins; Wayne Dunham; Harry Thompson; and Robert Romeo.
The county executive said she was “inspired,” by the event, and happy to attend the ceremony.
Mahoney has been a member of the group since 1999.
“It was inspiring to hear some of the comments, and to see the caliber of people that are going to be standing up for the NAACP,” Mahoney stated. “I’m proud to be a part of it.
Approximately 40 people attended the event, which was free and open to the public.