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Wendy Fields says she's humbled to have been recruited by multiple people to run for president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP. Last week, she was sworn in for a two-year term. Fields is holding a reception for the community to meet her and the new NAACP board on Friday, Feb. 22nd from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.


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Wendy Fields was sworn in last week as the new president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP. She hadn't plan to run. "I was sought out by community leaders, by pastors and community members. People were hurting," Fields said. She has scheduled a public reception for the community to meet her and the new NAACP board on Friday, Feb. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.


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A young minister and activist named Strick Strickland is the new president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP. It was the sudden death of veteran civil-rights leader Charles Warfield over the summer that put the 34-year-old Strickland in the top spot during a national presidential election year, and so Strickland says his tenure has begun handling voter suppression complaints on Election Day in November. On today's WestSouthwest public-affairs show, Strickland tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael that seven Kalamazoo County voters from the same polling site have come forward with allegations, which were forwarded to the Michigan NAACP State Conference for review. (Click the icon to hear about this and more.)


"KALAMAZOO, MI - A celebration of the life of Dr. Charles Warfield is to be held on June 17 at Miller Auditorium on the main campus of Western Michigan University. A Community Reflection Reception is to be held there from 4:30 to 6 p.m." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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