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City leases space to Stark NAACP
By Derek Gordon
Released/Published: Feb 10, 2009

CANTON, Ohio — 

Mayor William Healy announced Tuesday that the City of Canton has reached an agreement with the Stark County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to lease office space in the Edward “Peel” Coleman Community Center. 

“I am excited that the City is able to offer the NAACP a permanent home here in Canton,” Healy said.  “This organization is important to our community, and I look forward to working with them to improve our city in the months and years to come.”

A brief ceremony will be held this Thursday, February 12, 2009 at the Coleman Community Center at 5:30pm to sign the agreement and officially open the office.  The ceremony will also include the induction of the NAACP Officers for 2009. 

The NAACP will pay one dollar per year in rent in addition to telephone and Internet service as part of their agreement with the City. The decision to lease the space to the organization is part of a larger effort to better utilize empty space at the Coleman Center with community-oriented programming.

A list of the 2009 NAACP officers that will be inducted is included below.

2009 Executive Board

Moniquec Conner, President
Joyce Sumlin, Vice President
Lena Calhoun, Treasurer
Raymond Strain, Secretary
Viola Fisher (elected member)
Marilyn Scott, Assistant Secretary (elected member)
Catherine Clark (elected member)
Bobby Stadford, State Representative
Dr. Deborah Watkins
Ester Bryant
Pastor Kirby Freeman
Diane Rowland
Richelle Taylor
Cynthia Hopkins
Patricia Williams
Rhoderick Simpson
Dr. Laura McIntyre
Darlene Moss
Edythe Stinson
Taletha Long (elected member)
Clarence Goodson
Yvette March


Contact Information: Derek Gordon 330-438-4305 derek.gordon@cantonohio.gov

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