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New NAACP branch hopes to continue advocacy

The NAACP Lackawanna branch was started to give people a voice and to advocate for them.

"And it's proving itself to be ... exactly what we wanted it to be," said President Rick Cephas. "We are getting people that are coming out, voicing concerns, needing assistance, and then we're able to link them up with ... the right agencies to get them the right assistance."

NAACP Lackawanna held a grand opening for its new office on Thursday. The new office is located in the Scranton Enterprise Center on Lackawanna Avenue.

The group was either meeting online or in different places, said Cephas.

"Now we actually have a place to call our own," he said.

To establish a branch, the founders needed 100 members. The Lackawanna County group had those numbers in six months, becoming a chapter in February 2021.

This is the second or third iteration of the organization in the county, said Cephas.

“There was a NAACP Scranton branch back in the early 30s," he said.

Every NAACP Branch hosts a Freedom Fund Banquet. The Lackawanna Chapter is hosting its inaugural event on Oct. 21. They’re looking for support, said Cephas.

"We want this to be the big, the biggest success and to push us in the right direction," he said.

The banquet will be held at Fiorelli Catering in Peckville.

For more details, visit NAACP Lackawanna on Facebook.

Kat Bolus is the community reporter for the newly-formed WVIA News Team. She is a former reporter and columnist at The Times-Tribune, a Scrantonian and cat mom.