Date ArticleType
12/1/2016 Member News
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
St. Petersburg, Florida Branch Unit #5130
P.O. Box 35123
St. Petersburg, Florida. 33705

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2016

For the re-vitalized St. Petersburg NAACP Branch, November 29th of 2016 marks the continuance of the herculean tasks previously undertaken by the 2015-2016 Executive Committee and members under the leadership of Maria L. Scruggs, President. The election was held at the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg. Other Elected Officers joining the mission include: Nick Wright-1st Vice President; Oliver Kent Channer-Treasurer; Lydia Brown-Secretary; Candy Wright-Assistant Treasurer. Elected Executive Committee At Large includes: Delphine Brown, Di'east Easler-Bey April Hornsleth, Poul Hornsleth, Cassandra Jackson, Mary Johnson, Will Newton, Dr. Frank Scruggs, Etta Tucker, and Bernard Wright. Preparations are being made for the Installation of leadership team, scheduled for January 1, 2017. The organization has attracted a diverse and talented team committed to remain focused on the work for the next assigned two year terms. As a continuance of prior work, major goals include:

* Community: Issuing a call for unity for leaders in south St. Petersburg to unite around substantive issues that if not addressed will foster an heightened culture of social inequity within the community;

* Sponsorship: Hosting and re-instating the 2017 Freedom Fund Celebration, in conjunction with Juneteenth Celebration, that creates an atmosphere of issue identification and cooperation with businesses, community and governmental officials in fostering equity and equality for all residents;

* Education:
A. Working to ensure the Pinellas County School Board develops one comprehensive strategic plan that maps out their efforts for closing the achievement gap between black and white students; and addressing the multitude of issues spelled out in the Bradley and Crowley settlements, including easily monitored measurable goals and tracking by DMAC and the community stakeholders.
B. Working to ensure the viability of independently owned and faith-based providers of early childhood education in south St. Petersburg receive support in continuing offer "quality" early childhood education.

* Economics: Working to ensure the Southside CRA plan is ultimately developed into a comprehensive plan that is (1) designed to revitalize the Midtown community; (2) spark into redevelopment for the Child's Park Community and the portions of south St. Petersburg that continue to lag behind economically and socially; (3) Support the inclusion of Tropicana Field tax accruals into the Southside CRA.

For more information contact Maria L. Scruggs at  (727) 798-5361  or visit our website at