NAACP leaders officially sworn in by state officials


Gwendolyn Ducre

It is oftentimes heard that one man cannot change the world alone.  So, the ULM’s chapter of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People went down to Baton Rouge for a region conference Jan. 23 at Southern University in hopes of learning how to best promote change in the community.

Taylor Witherspoon, committee head for economic empowerment, learned what was expected from all of the chapters’ leaders. She also said everyone must come together.

“It was nice to be around so many alumni,” said Witherspoon, “It’s better to come together as one unit instead of dividing off seperatly because as it really makes a difference in the community overall.”

Hot topics that are pushing civil rights issues were discussed during the conference.  Members were taught how to handle them in such manners.

Betty Cooper, faculty advisor, said paying it forward is what the conference helped remind those who attended. Cooper said she noticed how the students made the alumni feel confident about the future.

“We had just as many youths as we did have adults there. The older people feel like we are in good hands. We want to leave our society better than we found it,” Cooper said.

Some of the chapter’s leaders were offically sworn in to his or her positions along with community chapter’s leaders.

NACCP is still recruiting students daily to serve as leaders in the community and on campus.