HAGERSTOWN - As the NAACP approaches its 100th anniversary next year, local leaders are working to reinvigorate the organization's shrinking local chapter with new programs and membership drives, Washington County branch president Samuel A. Key said.
"We can only be as strong as those of you who come and participate," Key told the group that gathered for a black history program Sunday.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's oldest civil rights organization, remains a key player in the struggle to right society's wrongs, Key said.
However, membership in the Washington County chapter has dropped to about 50 people from more than triple that number a few years ago, Key said. Some members moved away, others lost interest, and the organization lost many of its younger members when its youth program was discontinued about two years ago, Key said.