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Perth Amboy NAACP Elects New Officers

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ - The NAACP Perth Amboy Area Branch recently named its new slate of officers.

Elizabeth Williams-Riley, a Woodbridge resident, will serve as President. Ms. Williams-Riley brings more than two decades of experience in social justice education, training, community outreach, and consulting. Ms. Williams-Riley also serves as President  and CEO of the New Brunswick-based American Conference on Diversity

She has been featured on radio and television programs in numerous cities in the tri-state area. Ms. Williams-Riley is a 2013 Diversity Journal Woman Worth Watching, 2015 Girls Scout Jersey Shore Woman of Distinction, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and attends Agape Family Worship Center.

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She has also been featured in news articles for her outstanding work with youth and adults to challenge stereotypes and create change agents. She is proud to have worked with: Prudential Financial, ADL, GLSEN, Bank of America, Simon Wiesenthal NY Tolerance Center, Teaneck Human Relations Council, South Orange Maplewood Coalition on Race, Newark, Jersey City and Woodbridge, NJ, School Districts, Atlantic Cape Community College, Brookdale Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Monmouth University, Rutgers University, among others.

“With the nation’s new focus on race relations, recent NAACP bombing, policies and practices that simply are not fairly enforced, our work is more important today than ever!” says Ms. Williams-Riley. “With unarmed Black men being murdered daily, with families and communities being torn apart, with the equality movement gaining momentum nationwide, it’s an honor to be serving as president of the NAACP Perth Amboy Area Branch.”

True to the NAACP’s mission, Ms. Williams-Riley will be responsible for the development strategies to unite concerned citizens to respond to discrimination, racial prejudice, and unjust policy in the Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, and Woodbridge Township areas.

Ms. Williams-Riley is joined by Melvinia Knight, 1st Vice Chair; Angelene Fleming, 2nd Vice Chair; Louise Garrison, 3rd Vice Chair; Janice Clark, Secretary; Brenda Gumbs, Assistant Secretary; Angelo Adkins, Treasurer; and Inez Adkins, Assistant Treasurer.

The officer induction ceremony for Perth Amboy Area and Metuchen Edison Area NAACP Branches will be hosted by Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders on Monday, January 19, 11 a.m. at the North Stelton AME Church located at 123 Craig Avenue in Piscataway.

D. Ronald Spevack, a member of the NAACP in Perth Amboy since 1963 expresses the great sense of urgency. Spevack’s firm, Spevak Law Firm,  continues to support the NAACP on legal issues of discrimination.

“The need for the NAACP is demonstrated every day by the headlines in the newspapers,” said Spevack. “The NAACP must again fight for the rights for voters in the south and where states are doing everything possible to limit the minority vote.”

Headquartered in a demographically changing region of New Jersey, the work of the NAACP Perth Amboy Area Branch is critical to developing members who can join forces to champion what's right and just.

About the NAACP Perth Amboy Area Branch

The NAACP Perth Amboy branch was organized on September 8, 1941 in response to increasing discrimination, racial prejudice, and unjust policy. In response to heightened violence and hostility during the 1940’s through the 1970’s, members of the branch joined forces with students and civil rights/labor activists from Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, and Woodbridge Township to conduct mass demonstrations such as boycotts, walkouts, sit-ins, protest marches, and picket lines. For nearly 75 years, the branch built and grew on the collective courage of men, women, and young adults who decided to stand firm and strong to champion what's right and just. People of all races, nationalities, and faiths united on one premise—that "all men and women are created equal"; thus changing America's history. Despite violence, intimidation, and hostile government policies, the NAACP and its grass-roots membership persevered. We pushed and continue to push America to fulfill its promise of equal rights for all. For more information go to NAACP Perth Amboy, email at infor@naacp-perthamboyarea.org or call 732-425-4728

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