- Last Updated on 12:00 AM 01/03/11
- BY Katherine Lee Francis
In an emotional Jubilee Day Celebration presentation Saturday afternoon, a tearful NAACP President Kevin Chandler honored his mother, Shirley Chandler, for her many years of service to the local chapter.
A choked up Chandler described his mother as the embodiment of “the spirit of Cora Tucker” when awarding her the annual Cora Tucker plaque during the annual Halifax County/South Boston Branch NAACP Jubilee Day Celebration held at Banister Hill Baptist Church.
For years, the elder Chandler has helped to preserve local history for the community by operating the L. E. Coleman Museum located on Mountain Road.
Also as part of Saturday’s Jubilee Celebration, eight local clergy took part in the moving service including the Revs. Dr. William Carr, Alfred L. Chandler, Marcellous D. Mack, Kevin L. Chandler, Margaret Coleman, Frank E. Coleman and Ronald Claiborne.
Roberta Allen, a member of the Banister Senior Services, also was presented the $340 offering collected during the Jubilee Day celebration.
The service concluded with NAACP National Director Debra Brown swearing in the 2011-2013 NAACP officers.
The new officers are President Rev. Kevin L. Chandler, First Vice-President Rev. Marcellous D. Mack, Second Vice-President Clarice Buster, Secretary Betty Majors, Assistant Secretary Barbara Womack, Treasurer Cassondrus Ragsdale, Assistant Treasurer Arlene Dailey, Chaplin Rev. Frank E. Coleman and Sergeant-At-Arms Thomas Majors.