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New NAACP president announces platform

Published as part of the February 13, 2013 edition.

New NAACP president announces platform

Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Branch of the NAACP

The change is worth the challenge is a platform message that speaks to the endearing realities of historical reference's which can be said to have assisted in the creation of the NAACP and the Rev. Saharra Bledsoe said she seeks to stand on that same sense of focus and dedication in the performance of her duties, as president of the Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen Country National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In looking to the future, the Rev. Bledsoe said she believes that the words, "to be a great leader, one must love the people" left to her by her father, past local branch president, the Rev. James W. Bledsoe, just before his death are the shinning beacon by which she must, as she begins her two year term as president direct her sense of dedication and service.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racebased discrimination and as she takes the lead in her local branch's continual work towards this mission, the Rev. Bledsoe said it is her desire to embrace the objectives of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with a dedicated purpose by locally beginning a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American high school students, commonly referred to as Act-So, promote programs and policies that work to promote back to school stay in school initiatives, increase the local number women that are members of the national association for the advancement of colored people and increase the overall members of our local branch by one thousand, form a youth scholarship named after a long time member who has worked and labored in support of the local branch, build a closer relationship with the Fort Wayne and East Allen community schools and the Fort Wayne police department, begin a local college chapter of the national association for the advancement of colored people, join in the national initiatives to fight and promote awareness to Childhood Obesity, HIV and Aids Health Care System reform health disparities, including healthy eating options, build community support and alliances, enhance economic and community development opportunity, and last but not least, complete the renovation to our local headquarters building.

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