NAACP at MLK Jr. Parade - Front Row: Elise Rina, Jada Brooks, Markita Rina and her 2 children at front, Kimaan Stringer-Seigler, Freedom Fund Chairman Mrs. Vivian Tindal and Madison Lucket at front, Micheal Thomas-Loving, Branch President Mrs.Beverlye Neal, Orlando Airport Jeep Representative, and Widlyne Israel. Second Row: London Davis, Jeep Representative, Youth Coordinator Joel Ham, Richard Calloway, Tyrell Smith, and Press & Publicity Chairman Dr. John H. Cummings. (Photo by Cobaris)
The newly reorganized Orange County NAACP Youth Council joined  with the Adult Branch members to participate in the January 14 Orlando MLK Jr. Parade.  The two groups each had a vehicle and riders,and the youth also had a marching group that displayed banners and signs.  The revitalized Council hold their meetings every fourth Saturday monthly at the  Smith Center, 1723 Bruton Blvd., Orlando, FL 32805.  Members and interested youths up to 20 years old are invited to come and join in the energetic and productive  group.  Their active agenda is planned to especially appeal to the interests of the youth ages and includes rewarding participation projects and activities that encompasses active civic and community involvement.  Starting their year’s activities the group recently elected the following named officers: President Kimaan Stringer-Seigler, Vice President Micheal Thomas-Loving, Second Vice President William Harvey, Secretary Widlyne Israel, Assistant Secretary Shareese Ham, Treasurer Elise Rina, Membership Chairman Symone Ham. 
The adult Branch moved ahead with its vital community equality involvement and civil justice focus for 2017 as enumerated by President Beverlye Neal and started with announcing the following additions to the recent  Executive Committee: Secretary Antionete Jones, Treasurer Angela Davis, and at Large Members Alvin Bell, Dawn Curtis, Kevin Davis, Joel Ham and Minister Charlie Mae Wilder.  Additional Committee Chair appointments included: Civic Engagement – Travarius McCurdy, Communications – Russell Drake, Economic Development – Ken Bradshaw, Membership – Rich Black, Press & Publicity – John Cummings, Religious Affairs – Rev. Errol Thompson, and Youth Work – Joel Ham.
All members and the general public are invited to attend the January General Membership Meeting that will be held 7:00 p.m., Monday January 23 at the NorthWest Community Center, 3955 W. D. Judge Drive, Orlando, Fl 32808.  And with beginning as shown here, the Orange County NAACP is anxiously gearing up and activating to provide for the needs of the community by facilitating needed programs that involve everyone of all ages: youth, young adults and older adults.  And thereby are appealing to every community citizen’s input and to join in membership and participation to help maintain and improve ourselves, our communities and our neighborhoods. To do so and to get further information about youth, young adult or adult membership, programs and services you may contact theorangecountynaacp@gmail.com.