NAACP promotes diversity at Tarleton

By: Sierra Wells

Managing Editor

Tarleton State University has officially welcomed a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to campus.

“The NAACP is a place for people of color to feel comfortable and strive for black excellence,” acting NAACP Secretary Madison Sykes said. “While actively doing our part to change society  and help our community for advancement of poc.”

After working to organize chartering efforts over the summer, a Tarleton chapter of the NAACP was approved on May 21, and the group is ready to start getting involved with students.

“We have been working extremely hard over the summer to get organized, finally with us being on campus we are becoming progressively more active,” Sykes said.

Current officers include President Majesty Wilson, First Vice President Mia Smith, Second Vice President Alkaerogon Pollard and acting Secretary Sykes. Dr. Dana Fitzpatrick is their advisor.

Tarleton’s NCAAP members attend the first meeting.
Photo by: Siera Wells

The chapter’s membership count is 35 as of Aug. 19. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Math 108. They held their first meeting of the semester on Aug. 23.

“Anyone who believes in the socioeconomic and political success of all people can join,” Sykes said.

Tarleton’s NAACP has several events planned, including a press conference, We Outside with NAACP block party, financial literacy seminars and NAACPCHELLA with the North Texas Units.

“We will strive for black excellence and talk about the hardships that we face as people of color, while also educating our peers on black history and what our overall goals are,” Sykes said.

Beginning Sept. 1, a weekly Black Table Talk podcast will be produced by the NAACP, along with their own Ted talk. Each production will stream on Anchor.

“Topics range from mental health crisis in America, Texas legislature and more, inspired by the famous red table talk,” Sykes said.

For more information about the NAACP and their activities, email secretary@naacptarleton.org.

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