LEAD­ERS LAUDED

NAACP Troy branch holds in­duc­tion cer­e­mony

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan

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.”

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Renée Pow­ell is the new pres­i­dent of the NAACP Troy Branch.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

NAACP North­east re­gional di­rec­tor Anne Pope, left, talks with new Troy branch pres­i­dent Renée Pow­ell dur­ing an in­duc­tion cer­e­mony on Sun­day in Troy.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Troy Mayor Patrick Mad­den speaks at a NAACP Troy Branch in­duc­tion cer­e­mony on Sun­day in Troy.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Con­gress­man Paul Tonko speaks at a NAACP Troy Branch in­duc­tion cer­e­mony on Sun­day in Troy.

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