PATERSON, NJ - The Rev. Kenneth Clayton, pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church, is the new president of the Paterson branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Some members see the 41-year-old pastor's election to the position as a generational changing of the guard in the organization. "We're going to be working to bridge the gap between generations,'' Clayton said, adding that he has been a member of the chapter since he was a teenager and has long-standing relationships with senior members.
At present, the Paterson branch has 200 active members and Clayton said one of his goals for his two-year term is to "significantly increase that number.'' Clayton also said the branch would be starting a website and Facebook page for the first time. Moreover, the branch will follow the national organization's lead and emphasize voter registration and voter education, Clayton said.
The previous president was Linda Smith, who had served for 10 years. The vice presidents are Sonja Capers, Shavonda Sumter and Carolyn Powell, Clayton said.