Local attorney wins statewide NAACP election

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

A local attorney has been elected president of the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference.

Sandra Thompson, who previously served as president of the York NAACP, said she will be a spokesperson for the organization across the state.

"It's about empowering and educating and building upon and rebuilding where necessary the influence of the NAACP," she said.

Among other things, the local NAACP chapter advocated for the CROWN Act passed earlier this year by York City Council. The local ordinance protects people against bias related to hair styles, such as braids, dreadlocks and cornrows.

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"It took years to get here, to walk in that courtroom and courthouse with natural hair," Thompson said, when the act was passed. "With us now being empowered, we can now empower younger generations — and that's what's needed."

York NAACP President Sandra Thompson speaks during Juneteenth Celebration at Campus Park next to Voni Grimes Gym in York City, Friday, June 19, 2020.  Dawn J. Sagert photo

Thompson was also the NAACP representative who read a statement opposing the York County Prison contract with controversial contractor C-SAU.

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The local NAACP chapter also opposed the creation a surveillance system similar to a system in Lancaster, arguing that it would have disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities within the city.

On Monday, Thompson said the state committee assists local units.

"That's what we're there to do," she said, "to make sure that each local unit is empowered with the knowledge to address any issues that they may face in their communities."

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