The UGA chapter of the NAACP attended its national convention July 8-11 in Detroit and brought home three top awards.
The chapter was named the 2007 Best Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP. Mamie Marie Harper, president of the UGA chapter, received the Golster B. Current Award for phenomenal leadership in Region five of the NAACP Youth and College Division. The Current Award is the highest honor a youth or college student can receive from the NAACP. Tracey Ford, adviser for the UGA chapter and assistant director of the African-American Cultural Center, also was recognized as the best adviser in the nation for the Youth and College Division.
“Our chapter remained loyal to the mission of the organization by doing true advocacy work, community service and bringing about permanent changes within our community,” Harper said. “I believe this is what makes the UGA chapter a strong entity. This award is a testament to all of our hard work, dedication and commitment to social justice.”
“I am so proud of the students and how they accepted the huge challenge of being advocates for social justice,” said Ford. “Working on issues such as poverty, discrimination and voter education isn’t the most popular thing to do but it is the right thing to do. And for that, they were validated and rewarded by the NAACP national office.”