NAACP Troy branch holds induction ceremony
TROY, N.Y. >> Following the reactivation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Troy branch last fall, the group held an induction ceremony on Sunday recognizing its new local leaders.
Renée Powell was inducted as the new president of the NAACP Troy Branch during an event on Sunday afternoon at the Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Burdett Avenue in Troy.
Inducted along with Powell were Jessica Ashley as vice president, Sylinda Hammett as secretary, Bryanna Gourrier as assistant secretary and Junha Shin as treasurer and six members-at-large. They were Sharon Capraun, Flora carr, Clara Hunt, Amy S. John, Charlena Keels and Billy Carter, who was also honored for his instrumental role in re-
activating the local branch.
These officers will serve throughout 2019 and 2020 to advance the group’s mission of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
“Renée is off to a grand start,” NAACP Northeast regional director Anne Pope said at Sunday’s event, encouraging those in the branch to support her in doing the work that lies ahead.
“We appreciate your support and commitment to this branch,” Powell said to the crowd gathered at the start of the ceremony, “making time in your busy schedule to demonstrate your commitment and serve as a reminder to all of us the importance of the work of the NAACP.”
Renée Powell is the new president of the NAACP Troy Branch.
NAACP Northeast regional director Anne Pope, left, talks with new Troy branch president Renée Powell during an induction ceremony on Sunday in Troy.
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden speaks at a NAACP Troy Branch induction ceremony on Sunday in Troy.
Congressman Paul Tonko speaks at a NAACP Troy Branch induction ceremony on Sunday in Troy.