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NAACP boosts membership, saves charter

March 30, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Efforts to increase membership and revitalize the local chapter of the NAACP have been successful to the point that it will not lose its national charter, enabling the group to choose new leadership in 2004, the chapter president said Monday.

Tracey Brown, president of the Washington County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the organization has the 50 members needed to function. Brown, who said in July 2003 she hoped to increase membership to 100 last year, said 50 members were needed for the group to function.

The group also needed 50 members to avoid losing its national charter, to staff its various boards and to vote on officers, including a new president, Brown said.

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The events on which the chapter is working include a family day picnic/Freedom Fund benefit July 17 at City Park and a voter registration drive at Valley Mall prior to the November general election, Brown said.

Brown is not seeking re-election as president during this year's vote, probably in July or August.

For information about the Washington County Chapter of the NAACP, contact Brown at 301-791-1569 or e-mail browncharacter@aol.com.

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