The Southern Burlington County chapter of the NAACP has been revived. After five years of inactivity, the chapter will induct new officers tomorrow night.
After local leader Roosevelt Nesmith died, so did the chapter. But seven officers will take the lead in the chapter known for making history in the ’70s, the Burlington County Times reports.
IN 1975, the chapter, which began in 1966, pushed for legal action that resulted in the Mount Laurel Doctrine. The New Jersey Supreme Court case Southern Burlington County NAACP v. Mount Laurel requires municipalities to create affordable housing opportunities.
Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, the national NAACP’s vice president of stakeholder relations and pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C., will give the keynote address at tomorrow’s event at the Doubletree Guest Suites.