Wilkes-Barre NAACP Swears In New President

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Fighting for justice and bringing about positive change is the goal of a mother daughter duo in Luzerne County. 

The pair aims to build on the work that the Wilkes-Barre chapter of the NAACP has made over the last several years. 

The Wilkes-Barre chapter of the NAACP passed the baton over to new leadership on Friday. Mayor Tony George swore in the officers during a program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Wilkes University. One of the fresh faces is Guerline Lauroe…the new president. “I’m thrilled because I’ve always admired the work of the NAACP” Lauroe says.

Originally from Haiti and now living in Luzerne County, Lauroe says her work as an immigration lawyer makes her qualified for the job. When asked what her biggest motivation for pursuing this role, her answer was her 15-year-old daughter Emily. The high school senior serves as the president of the local NAACP’s youth council. 

Eyewitness News was there last year when Emily and the NAACP executive board met soon after making the youth council an official organization. Emily says she’s proud of her mom and added their relationship will be an advantage. 

With a new year ahead, Guerline and Emily look forward to being a stronger, positive force in the community. 

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