Statement from Catherine Hicks, newly elected Philadelphia Chapter NAACP President:
The time is now. Our city is in crisis. The leaders of the NAACP Philadelphia chapter are focused on the serious challenges ahead. In the coming weeks, we will be addressing educational equity, financial literacy, Black homeownership and entrepreneurship, and violence.
Our new leadership brings diverse experience and a solid network of relationships and partnerships. We will expect to be held accountable to the people of this city and we will hold others accountable as well.
”It’s a new day. It’s a fresh start,” said Hicks, standing in front of the group’s headquarters on Germantown Avenue in the Nicetown section. The chapter was founded in 1911 and has more than 1,200 life members
“Members of the Philadelphia NAACP made it official Saturday: They chose a new president and leadership team, ending a turbulent period in the history of one of the oldest civil rights groups in the city.
The outcome was a foregone conclusion with Catherine Hicks, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, running unopposed. The remaining positions were also uncontested, with many candidates already serving in leadership roles. After four hours of voting, the entire slate was declared elected. Hicks said the results would be sent to the NAACP national office.