Jasmine Tolbert, a Vancouver native and long time champion of social justice issues, has been elected the new president of the Vancouver NAACP.
On Nov. 21, the local chapter held an election for officers. Members overwhelmingly elected Tolbert who previously served as branch vice president. In other positions, Joseph Hernandez was elected the chapter’s new vice president; Ruby N. Lewis as secretary and Bryant Enge as treasurer.
Tolbert is a graduate of both Clark College and Washington State University-Vancouver and serves on the Board for the YWCA of Clark County. She is also a member of WSU Vancouver’s Equity Diversity Advisory Board.
In her statement for election as Vancouver NAACP pesident, she pledged her commitment to racial equity.
“This work cannot be done alone and I’m excited to work with many members in the community to move the equity needle forward,” Tolbert said.
Former Vancouver NAACP President Bridgette Fahnbulleh did not run for re-election but will still chair the branch’s ACT-SO Committee, which provides a forum through which youth of African descent demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization.