NAACP State Conference Names Atlantic City Branch of the Year


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ATLANTIC CITYThe Atlantic City NAACP was named Branch of the Year by the New Jersey State NAACP Conference during its annual convention that was held virtually this past weekend.

The Atlantic City branch made headlines earlier this year when it was awarded the 2022 national NAACP convention. The chapter also hosts its own radio show, called “The NAACP Speaks,” held weekly on WEHA Radio in Atlantic City. The chapter awarded scholarships annually to local youth and award citizens for their work in the community.

“I am surprised and overjoyed by receiving the Branch of the Year Award from the New Jersey state conference,” Atlantic City NAACP President Kaleem Shabazz said in a statement. “This award is significant because of the credibility of the State Conference as a leader for civil rights and social justice activities in our state.”

Shabazz, who also serves as the Third Ward councilman for Atlantic City, added that members of the organization is already gearing up for the national convention.

“I accept the award on behalf of the hardworking members of our branch who support my leadership,” Shabazz said. “The branch is eagerly looking forward to working for civil rights and social justice and building an infrastructure for a successful 2022 national NAACP convention in Atlantic City.”

National civil rights activist Shaun King was the keynote speaker at the convention on Saturday while Rev. Cory Jones, senior pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington was the keynote speaker on Sunday, addressing the issue of “Civil Rights from the Pulpit.”

The convention was chaired by Crystal Charley-Sibley, second vice president of the New Jersey NAACP State Conference and president of the Southern Burlington County Chapter of the NAACP. Richard Smith of Cumberland County serves as president of the New Jersey State Conference and is a member of the NAACP national board of directors.

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