47 ABC sits down with Wicomico County NAACP president-elect

Salisbury, MD – The Wicomico County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has voted Dr. Brante Dashiell as the chapter’s new president, following the recent retirement of Mary Ashanti, who held the position for 24 years.

Today, the president-elect said she is humbled and grateful to take on the role and ready to hit the ground running, with a lot of work to do in her two-year term.

“I’m ready to do great things and make my community proud,” says Dr. Dashiell, “as well as to carry on the legacy that President Ashanti has laid for us.”

Specific goals she plans to achieve while holding this position include: working with Wicomico County Public School officials and the state to incorporate African-Amercican history as a part of the major curriculum, increasing membership by 20-30%, and working to make sure minority-owned businesses can sustain themselves during and after the pandemic.

The current Somerset County Public School educator says she hopes to bring in a wide range of age groups, to respond to and address the needs of the community, while also continuing discussions with Salisbury Police Department Chief Barbra Duncan to create a Citizen’s Review Board. Additionally, as a part of the NAACP’s ultimate mission, she hopes to bring equality to hot-topic issues, like healthcare in minority communities.

“I want to make sure there is equitable service, equitable care, and equitable access to quality service when it comes to physicians, medical practices, including mental health awareness and supports for persons of color” said President-elect Dashiell.

This, as she says, comes at a unique time in history, where she hopes to leave a mark. Dashiell says she plans to carry out the duties of her role to the best of her ability, and hopes it sets a tone for those who will come after her, as well as those who came before.

“I want to stand on those foundations of our wisdom of our community and our ancestors that as a leader I am able to do it effectively and efficiently with excellence, with respect,  and with high regard for those who came before me in a way to make them proud” said Dashiell.

Dashiell will formally take on the title as president on December 17th at their inaugural meeting.

If you would like more information on how you can join the Wicomico County Branch or learn about the NAACP click here.

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