Update: Virus Concerns End NAACP Voting Rights Trip

Leaders (at top) at the head of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington D.C.

POTTSTOWN PA – Concerns about the continued strength of the COVID-19 Delta variant has prompted the Pottstown NAACP Chapter to cancel is earlier announced bus trip Aug. 28 (2021; Saturday) to Washington to join the March On for Voting Rights activities there, its August newsletter reported Wednesday (Aug. 18)

As an alternative, chapter representatives wrote, “we are urging people to contact their legislators to urge support” of the ‘John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act’ (H.R. 4), which has passed the House but is stalled in the Senate, as well as the ‘For The People Act’ (H.R. 1). The chapter said it considers both “essential to protect voting rights and expand accessibility.”

It provided contact information for:

  • Sen. Pat Toomey, US Custom House, 200 Chestnut St. Ste. 600. Philadelphia PA 19106; Phone 215-241-1090;
  • Sen. Bob Casey, 2000 Market St. Ste. 610, Philadelphia PA 19103; Phone 215-405-9660;
  • U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (representing Montgomery County and a portion of Berks County), 101 E. Main St. Ste. A, Norristown PA 19401; Phone 610-382-1250;
  • U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (representing Chester County and part of Berks County, and Reading), 709 E. Gay St. Ste. 4, West Chester PA 19380; Phone 610-883-5050; and
  • U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (representing most of Berks County), Reading Regional Airport, 2501 Bernville Rd., Reading PA 19605; Phone 610-568-9959.

Read an Aug. 16 story (below), published by The Post, that described the chapter’s earlier travel plans.

NAACP Pottstown Chapter Heading to Washington

POTTSTOWN PA – Members of the NAACP Pottstown Chapter are inviting the public to join them in the national “March On for Voting Rights,” scheduled for Aug. 28 (2021; Saturday) in Washington DC. The effort commemorates the 58th anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (at top), and is focused on urging Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Restoration Act and accompanying legislation.

The chapter has chartered a bus to travel to Washington for the march. Registration is open to the public, and costs $20 per rider. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online, here.

The bus is scheduled to leave at 6:30 a.m. from the gym parking lot of Pottstown Senior High School, 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown, and is planned to return to the school at 9 p.m. Registered riders should arrive at the high school by no later than 6:20 a.m. for boarding.

In Washington, riders will disembark at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and at day’s end will be picked up there as well. The bus leaves from Washington at 6 p.m.; riders should return to the museum by no later than 5:45 p.m.

For more information, send an email to emanuelawilkerson@gmail.com.

Photo from the National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons, used as part of the public domain; “March On” logo from the National Action Network