NAACP Members Plan Neighborly Gathering June 3

Pottstown’s NAACP members help conduct voter registration drives

POTTSTOWN PA – An outdoor gathering to keep area residents informed about local activities of Pottstown Branch 2288 of the NAACP is scheduled for June 3 (2021; Thursday) at 4:30 p.m., weather permitting, at The Alley on High Street, 228 E. High St. It’s among several ways the organization is reintroducing itself to the community, Membership Committee Chair Paula Corson says.

Branch members expect to welcome residents and share information about the local NAACP’s various endeavors. The Alley event is not a fund-raiser, they add, but instead an opportunity for people to enjoy neighborly fellowship, learn more, “and consider becoming personally involved in the NAACP’s good works in Greater Pottstown.”

A common misconception about the NAACP is that members must be black, indigenous, or other people of color, according to branch Secretary Emanuel Wilkerson. He’s been a member since 2013, when he joined branch President Johnny Corson to revitalize the local group. Both the branch and the NAACP is multi-racial as well as non-partisan, he notes.

The branch continues to make a difference in life in the borough, advocates say. It:

  • Assists with a program at the Ricketts Center that provides showers and laundry services for homeless individuals;
  • Conducts food and clothing collections for families in need;
  • Holds a voter registration drive and serves as a Pottstown resource information forum;
  • Participates in grass-roots efforts that urge fair funding of public schools in Pennsylvania; and Forges positive relationships with local police.

Executive Committee member Bobby Watson also points to recent, high-impact branch activities. They include awarding scholarships to students who participated in an art contest for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and providing volunteers at coronavirus vaccination sites at the Pottstown Middle School, Pottstown Carousel, and the Ricketts Center.

The branch continues to investigate and seek solutions in cases of possible discrimination or civil rights violations, but “the NAACP has a rich history of uplifting the entire community in Pottstown,” Wilkerson says.

Currently the branch has 167 active members. Its officers hope to increase its ranks to more than 200 members by the end of 2021, and leverage its power to positively affect Pottstown and the region. Membership costs $30 for adults, $15 for youths, and lifetime memberships also are available. All funds directly support programming. To obtain a membership form send an e-mail to Pottstownnaacp.2288@gmail.com, or call or text Paula Corson at 610-547-2452.

Photo supplied by the Pottstown branch of the NAACP