Effort to revive Carroll NAACP nears fruition

February 04, 1999|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

After nearly a year of organizing, an attempt to revive a branch of the NAACP in Carroll County has taken root.

Membership for the local chapter exceeds 100, the minimum for establishing a branch of the national civil rights organization, organizers said yesterday.

"We are there -- really, we are over the number," said the Rev. James Hinton, pastor of Union Memorial Baptist Church in Westminster, where members have been meeting since March.

Hinton, an organizer of the local effort, said he expects to announce the group has reached its quota at its meeting next week.

"It has been a struggle, but I am really pleased we made it," he said.

To be established as a branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a group must submit names of 100 dues-paying members who are residents of the area. To keep its charter, a branch cannot drop below 50 members.

"We can keep 50 -- we have been doing that for months," said Thelma Smith, an organizer.

NAACP officials rely on membership rolls to determine a community's need for and willingness to participate in and sponsor activities.

Pub Date: 2/04/99

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