In February Liberty County NAACP Youth participated in the State Legislative Page Program. The State Legislative Page Program provides unique educational opportunities, by providing young people the opportunity to learn about the legislative process.
In attendance was Victoria Martinez, Leah Quarterman, Jared Johnson, and Devonte Shuman. Liberty County NAACP President Graylan Quarterman, and Political Action Chair, Marchelle Hill were the chaperones.
The group left early to meet State Representative Al Williams at the State Capitol in Atlanta.
They worked closely with Williams and others, as assigned.
Local youth capped their experiences from the day.
Victoria Martinez said, “My experience as a page was great. It’s one thing to sit in a classroom and learn about Georgia’s legislature, but to actually experience it personally was very educational”.
Leah Quarterman said, “Something I found interesting while being a Page at the Capitol was the seating arrangement where the meetings take place. What I found interesting was, we were not allowed to walk down the middle of the aisles; we had to walk all the way around”.
Jared Johnson said, “Being part of the event was such a great learning experience. I never thought about all the things that go into to getting things done in government. I was also shocked the representatives interacted with the people that were there”.
Devonte Shuman said, “As a Page at the Capitol, when a meeting is in session, you do not walk down the middle.”
This experience was monumental, as Feb. 12 was also the NAACP’s 110th Founder’s Day.
Liberty County NAACP officials said they were grateful, as an association, to be given the opportunity to extend this experience to local youth.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.
The Georgia NAACP has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The
Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The
Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for civil and human rights in Georgia.