[Ed. – Another checkbox ticked off]
Hopefully we can strategize a little more efficiently and effectively as we move forward. As an educator, one of my passions is educational justice. This is important to me especially with regards to our children in schools and in the juvenile justice system. Because I am a mother of two black sons, ages 13 and 20, the role of education is a core focus for my work.
It is within the vision of the NAACP to mobilize committees locally to implement effective strategies being utilized at other NAACP branches. There is online and in-person training available for officers and committees; this training guides leadership on how to run a branch in compliance with national NAACP standards.
I hope delegations raise enough funds to send local Spokane members to the regional and national conventions to cross-pollinate with other communities on civil rights actions that are effective.
Historically in Spokane, I’m in a very small minority of women presidents of the NAACP. I believe I’m the third or fourth female president since the Spokane NAACP’s inception.
I’d guess I’m also one of the youngest presidents. As a single mom who has lived on the poverty line and identifies as bisexual, perhaps some of my other demographics are also a first for Spokane. I know there is a strong majority of older straight men with strong church ties leading many of the branches nationally. [Emphasis added]