Davis to head NAACP

June 07, 1997


Staff Writer

As Donald Davis again takes the presidential reigns of the Washington County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he's got two goals in mind - rebuilding and revitalizing.

"First we've got to get the community together," said Davis, 64, of North Jonathan Street. "And then we can tackle the problems. It's not fair for young people to keep seeing us being lax in our duties."

In addition to fighting drug abuse, Davis, a former president from the 1980s, wants to focus on minority employment.

"There are jobs in this city we don't get too many chances at," he said. "A lot of young people are getting ready to graduate from school. In order to make a decent living, they've got to leave town. It shouldn't be that way."


In Friday's Sumans Avenue Community Center ceremony, NAACP officers were sworn in by Maryland State NAACP President Hanley J. Norment. Besides Davis, they included Sherry Ferguson, vice president; Marcia Saunders, secretary; and Sherita Beard, treasurer.

This year's Executive Committee consists of Stan Brown, Jr., David Christian, Annette Conyers, Fred Myers Jr., Harry Barnett Jr. and Kevin Lee.

"I'm interested in having a viable NAACP in this area so it can better serve the community," Norment said. "`We're all fired up and ready to go - this ought to be the spirit here in Washington County."

Numerous senior scholarships also were awarded, and Brothers United Who Dare to Care Inc. donated $300 to the Memorial Recreation Center.

  • Michael Carey, 17, of North Hagerstown High School received a scholarship to pay for a year's tuition at Hagerstown Junior College form Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.
  • Nyisha Fowlkes, 17, of North Hagerstown High School, received a $400 North Street School Reunion scholarship.
  • Devin Smith, 18, of North Hagerstown High School, received a $500 Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship.
  • Miranda Brown, 17, of North Hagerstown High School, received a $500 Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship.
  • Jarrad Mitchell, 17, of St. James School, received a $500 Hagerstown Trust scholarship.

The next NAACP meeting is Monday, June 9, at the Memorial Recreation Center at 7 p.m.

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