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Macon NAACP Launches Voter Registration Drive

The newly elected president of the local Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Gwen Westbrooks, has hit the ground running and has begun a renewal of confidence in historical role of the organization for minorities and other underprivileged groups. Under her able leadership the NAACP, in conjunction with the U.S. Justice Department, recently held a listening session at Unionville Baptist Church, where Rev. Dr. I.E. Mack is pastor, for citizens to express their concerns about their experiences with the Macon Police Department. That listening session has already produced results and the community has developed a new respect for the work of the NAACP.

President Westbrooks announced today that the NAACP has launched a massive voter registration drive in Bibb County which will collaborate with the voter registration efforts announced by newly elected President of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, the Rev. Curtis Raines, Sr. Mrs. Westbrooks is seeking to enlist all ministers of all churches to register voters in their congregations. She also wants to clear up the misunderstanding about persons with felonies. She pointed out that felons who have served all of their time and paid their fines are in fact eligible to register and vote. She further said that she will be seeking to register inmates in the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center who do not have felons, because under state law they can also vote.

President Westbrook also asked that the public continue to support the NAACP and look forward to another listening session in the near future and other events from the NAACP. Mrs. Westbrook can be contacted at 478-745-9944.

Gwenette Westbrooks
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