Constance 'Connie' Parker elected president of NAACP's Pittsburgh branch
Penn Hills resident Constance “Connie” Parker will become the second woman to lead the NAACP's Pittsburgh branch in the nearly 100-year-old history of the civil rights group.
Parker, 70, won 171 votes Tuesday to become president-elect of the Hill District branch founded in 1915.
Deborah Walker, 57, of Allentown and Regina Ragin Dykes, 68, of East Liberty received 145 votes and 16 votes, respectively, said Secretary Imogene Hines, 63, of Ross.
Parker, the branch's first vice president for eight years, will succeed M. Gayle Moss, 71, of Wilkins, who did not seek re-election after eight years in office.
Five other officers were elected or re-elected: Charlene McAbee, 66, of Churchill, as first vice president; Squirrel Hill resident Marilyn Barnett Waters, 65, second vice president; Johnnie Miott, 73, of Stanton Heights, third vice president; Findlay resident Anita Walker, secretary; and Morton Stanfield Jr., 33, of Friendship, treasurer.
Thirteen people were elected to the executive committee, which can have up to 24 members.
Hines said 332 members of the branch voted. The two-year terms for officers and committee members begin in January.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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