The rebirth of the Sandusky chapter of the NAACP seems to be off to a good start.
The chapter is focusing on getting youth involved and also seems to have a good grasp of its role in the community. Previously, it had been criticized for being just a social club and then it drew jeers when its leadership seemed too confrontational and militant to the community.
A good balance is what will make it a successful organization. Many community members remember Darwitt Garrett frequently playing the race card. Granted, this is what the president of of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is expected to do, but Garrett played it too often, to the point where he couldn't be taken seriously.
We hope Garrett still plays a role in the NAACP because his voice is one that should be heard. Perhaps he is not the best leader, though.
President Ida Alexander is right to focus on getting youth involved in the organization. The group needs as many members as possible, and youth are the future. Youth bring energy to an organization and will eventually become the group's leadership. Youth are also an at-risk group who need direction. They are the ones, unfortunately, having their first experiences with racism. The NAACP can counsel them and tell them not every member of a certain group is racist, giving them a realistic grounding.
The group should continue to look for balance between social activities and social action. It is good for the health of a group to have some light activities where the main thing being worked on is fellowship. These activities will make it fun for people to join. The ventures just might hook those who have only a passing interest in the more serious pursuits of the group.
Social activism on injustices should still be the primary goal of the NAACP. There are many in this world and in this local community. The fight for equality is not yet finished, and may never be. But just plain social activities have their place, too -- in fact, a vital place. The Sandusky NAACP needs to do both to do either effectively.
We also applaud the NAACP for reaching out to people of all skin colors. Input from people of different backgrounds is necessary and can be productive.
Overall, we wish the reborn chapter much success. The group's mission remains as vital today as it ever has.