Rome NAACP leader to speak at anti-racism event

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PETERBORO — The Madison County Anti-Racism Collaboration will offer the presentation “The NAACP – Becoming a Local Branch,” with guest speaker Jacqueline Nelson, president of the Rome Branch of the National Associatation for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The presentation will take place at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, May 14, at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road.

Nelson’s presentation — at 4:15 p.m. — will be part of a full slate of programming.

The free event opens at 1:30 p.m. for registration, partaking of the displays and exhibits, and visiting the Abolition Hall and Museum.

At 2 p.m., the presentations begin with a welcome by Jeff McCarn, Chair of the Ongoing Abolition Committee.

In her part of the day’s program, Nelson will share information about the beginning of the national organization and its mission as well as the story of the Rome NY Branch.

Nelson has served the Rome Branch for more than 22 years as secretary, chair of the legal redress community and education committee.

She is now in her eighth year as branch president. In January, she was elected to the NAACP New York State Executive Committee.

She was also appointed to be Western Region Education Chair and serves as the Western Region Education Coordinator.

In this role, she works with the 11 branches in the Western Region. She is also on the NAACP New York State Conference Executive Board.

Nelson was born and raised in Rome, where she resides with her husband, Thomas, of 42 years. The couple has two adult daughters.

She is a retired New York State Central York Developmental Disabilities Service Office program manager where she has worked for 36 years. In this role, she helped ensure that individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities received the services and care they deserved.

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