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SoVaNow.com / January 02, 2013Gathering for the new year, the Halifax County-South Boston NAACP offered a resolution “to celebrate freedom and to advocate for justice and freedom for all,” said the Rev. Frank E. Coleman Jr., president-elect.
Coleman, speaking Tuesday at the annual Jubilee Day service at Banister Hill Baptist Church in Halifax, expanded on his vision for the local NAACP to “work for a better day” for all citizens regardless of race or ethnic background.
“We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. We want to bring people together and change the perception of the NAACP,” said Coleman.
“We want it to be seen not as just a black radical group but about a community where everyone gets a fair shake. Next year I hope to see this celebration filled with black and white folks alike,” he said.
Jubilee Day this year commemorated the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The local NAACP annually observes the occasion with the New Year’s Day service.
Ougoing NAACP president, the Rev. Kevin Chandler, brought the main message of the day, citing a passage from Deuteromony promising that the Lord will give back to those from whom things have been taken away.
“God is good,” Chandler reminded his listeners, “but we cannot squander or throw away any opportunities. We have to have some compliance.”
Pointing to the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, Chandler said, “We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.”
He urged young people to be careful in making their daily decisions and to keep their trust in God.
Halifax County Circuit Judge Joel Cunningham administered the oath of office to newly elected NAACP officers for 2013-2014. The Rev. Frank Coleman, Jr. is president, the Rev. Kevin L. Chandler is first vice president, and Wayne Tucker is second vice president. Betty Majors will serve as secretary, Barbara Womack, assistant secretary, Cassondrus Ragsdale, treasurer, and Belva Owen, assistant treasurer. The chaplain will be the Rev. Margaret F. Coleman and sergeant-at-arms, Solomon Perkins.
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