Revived NAACP has 1st official meeting

Group picks leaders and forms committees

July 16, 1999|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll County's revived NAACP branch held its first official meeting last night, quickly organizing a dozen committees and naming their leaders.

About 60 people attended the session at Union Memorial Baptist Church in Westminster, which began and ended with a plea for more members. About 180 people have paid dues and joined the branch since it began organizing 16 months ago.

"Speak to your relatives and friends about joining," said Leon Bradley Dorsey II, president of the county branch. "The more members we have, the better we can move forward in the community."

Dorsey announced the formation of 12 committees, covering many aspects of county life -- from religion and education to economic development -- and asked for volunteers to lead them and serve on them. By the end of the evening, he had chairmen for nearly every committee and several volunteers to work on them.

Each committee will have six members and be responsible for one annual fund-raiser. "We need as much support as we can get," Dorsey said. "This is not one dance; it is not me. It is us, the NAACP of Carroll County."

The branch has a post office box and a bank account, and it will soon have a phone number. Dorsey's number is not listed, and people have found it difficult to reach him.

Leon Lewis of New Windsor urged the audience to use discretion giving out information about the branch's activities.

"Today's climate demands discretion," Lewis said. "We want people to know we are here and what we are about."

The branch also has its first bill: a $200 assessment that it must pay by Aug. 28 to the national headquarters.

Dues are $30 annually, of which the local branch receives $11.90, Dorsey said.

Carroll, with a minority population of less than 3 percent, has had no local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for about six years. After months of organizing, the branch re-formed and received its charter from the national headquarters in May.

Members elected officers last month. The branch plans meetings the second Thursday of the month at the Westminster church.

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