Tuesday, October 31, 2023

New NAACP Branch Launches in Schuylkill County to Promote Equality and Combat Discrimination

A group of community members in Schuylkill County has taken a step toward fostering equality and inclusivity for all residents, regardless of their racial backgrounds. 

They recently founded a local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with a strong commitment to advancing racial equity and eliminating discrimination in the region.

The NAACP, known as the nation's premier civil rights organization, has now found a new home in Schuylkill County. This momentous occasion was marked by the election of Rubina Tareen as the first President of the Schuylkill County NAACP.

Tareen expressed her enthusiasm, saying, "The NAACP is the nation's premier civil rights organization, and we are excited to announce the establishment of a new branch in Schuylkill County. We are ready to introduce ourselves to the community and welcome anyone who wants to learn more about the NAACP and how to get involved."

To introduce the Schuylkill County community to the newly formed branch and its mission, the Schuylkill NAACP is hosting an inaugural event in collaboration with Schuylkill VISION. The event will serve as an informational session for those interested in the organization's goals and initiatives.

Event Details:

Date: November 1, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Penn State Schuylkill Campus, Student Center, 200 University Dr, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Stacy Taylor, the President of the Pennsylvania State Conference of the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Taylor will discuss the importance of the NAACP's presence in the region and the organization's role in promoting equality, combatting discrimination, and advocating for justice.

The launch event will provide an excellent opportunity for Schuylkill County residents to become familiar with the NAACP, its mission, and ways to participate in local initiatives aimed at achieving these goals.

The founding members and elected Executive Committee of the Schuylkill County NAACP are as follows:
  • President: Rubina Tareen of Schuylkill Haven
  • Vice President: Troy Hollenbach of Schuylkill Haven
  • Secretary: Cheryl Humes of West Penn Township
  • Assistant Secretary: Leah Zerbe of Pine Grove
  • Treasurer: George Maroukis of Auburn
  • Assistant Treasurer: Courtney Peterson of Shenandoah