SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  –  A resident of the borough for 12 years, Roberto Sayers first became involved with Metuchen-Edison Area Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) two years ago and, in late 2018, was elected to serve on its board. He was sworn in to a three-year term as an Executive Member during a Jan. 10 ceremony led by Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott and held at Thomas Edison Middle School. 

“I am grateful to those who believe in my commitment to serve the community and elected me to do so to the best of my abilities,” said Sayers. “I am also thankful to my family for recognizing my passion to serve the community and allowing me the time away from home to do so.”

The local NAACP chapter, which also serves the communities of Piscataway and South Plainfield, is dedicated to providing local residents with ‘timely information regarding the status of civil rights in New Jersey and the nation’ and is ‘committed to quality and justice for all.’

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As a board member, Sayers said his goal is to be an ‘active participant in the governance and leadership by collaborating in discussions and asking questions about current challenges and opportunities to meet the National NAACP goals and objectives.’ As an executive member of NAACP, Sayers said his goals are also ‘strategic and fiduciary’ and he plans to focus on ‘membership and engagement and support the chapter, its president and board’ while remaining committed to ‘advancing the organization’s mission.’

The NAACP Metuchen-Edison Area Branch was established in October 1942 and has for close to seven decades served as a ‘voice of the people who for far too long have been ignored.’ According to its website (https://www.naacpmeab.org), the local NAACP branch ‘strives to achieve equality in all facets of life for African-Americans and other minorities with the same fervor it has had since its inception 68 years ago….’ 

Sayers came to the United States from Panama in the early 1980s and has lived in Edison and Piscataway before settling in South Plainfield approximately 12 years ago. Sayers is employed at the Division of Pensions and Benefits in the Audit Section as the Plan Administrator of the Defined Benefit & Defined Contribution Plans and the Alternate Benefits Program. In 2017, he was a Democratic Party candidate for borough council and, during his years in the community, was active with Community Block Grant and the Middlesex County Democratic Black Caucus as well as a member of the South Plainfield’s Business Advisory Group, Economic Developments Sub Committee. 

In addition to serving on the NAACP executive board, Sayers is also recording secretary of District 1 AFL-CIO, CWA Local 1033 and an active member of the Legislative/Political Action Committee LPAC.  He has also served as a member of the executive committee for the Central Jersey Job Developers Association. He also previously served on the Move on the Youth Coalition and Recreation Advisory Committee in Piscataway and is currently an usher at the Cathedral of Saint Francis in Metuchen. 

For additional information on the NAACP Metuchen-Edison Area Branch, visit https://www.naacpmeab.org/MEAB_NAACP_History.pdf.

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