Tameka Driver-Moultrie, community engagement coordinator for the city of Killeen and the youngest president of a local chapter in the 43-year history of the NAACP, was the featured speaker at the April 3 meeting of the Harker Heights Rotary Club.
Driver-Moultrie explained the organization’s mission as two-fold: ensuring a society where all individuals have equal rights without racial hatred or discrimination and enforcing political, educational, social and economic equality.
“The NAACP’s goals are to be advocates for civil rights in local communities and monitor equal opportunity in the private and public sector,” Driver-Moultrie said.
The NAACP focuses on the present day issues of voter empowerment, the legal system and education,
The Killeen Branch of the NAACP was chartered in July of 1970 under the leadership of the late Willie Gibson. The local chapter was created due to Marlboro Elementary School being declared as a racially out of balance school by the leadership of the Killeen Independent School District. Students were being bused to other schools because of the inbalance.
What became the local chapter began as committee of community leaders to study the Marlboro issue. Eventually, the group received a charter by national NAACP leadership.
“It was a pivotal moment in the community in that Marlboro Elementary became integrated for the first time in addition to the official creation of a local NAACP chapter,” said Driver-Moultrie.
She has served as president of the local NAACP for the past four years.
“I’ve never missed a meeting,” she said. “My husband says I need to take a vacation.”
Current projects underway by the group include Rotarians Horace Grace and Otis Evans working with school officials to determine how to curb the high percentage of minorities filling the alternative schools.
Women in the local branch of NAACP are working with young ladies through the “Dress for Success” program by providing clothes to those who are less fortunate and putting them into a position where they can interview for jobs.
The group’s education committee just awarded $22,000 in scholarships. One of the scholarships was $8,000 and went to a recipient whose plans are to attend a cosmetology school.
The committee also sponsors a “Back to School Rally” and gives away backpacks filled with school supplies prior to the beginning of school to encourage students to be prepared and successful.