Frederick County's NAACP chief elected to seat in state's chapter
Accomplishments helped him earn higher post
The president of Frederick County's chapter of the NAACP now plans to further his efforts for equality and civil rights at the state level.
Guy Djoken, leader of the county's National Association for the Advancement for Colored People, was elected Saturday as the second vice president of the Maryland state chapter of the national civil rights organization (www.naacp-md.org).
Djoken, 40, has served for six years as president of the Frederick County chapter a post he will retain and received about 83 percent of the 100 votes cast by delegates of chapters from across Maryland, Djoken said. The vote was taken during the two-day 69th Maryland State Conference of the NAACP, which ended Saturday.
Djoken said during his two-year-term, he will travel around the state to promote the mission of the organization, and show "that Frederick County is the most dynamic of the counties."
Djoken said he would continue to push the message of the organization as a whole and emphasize the need for its evolution in the changing times.
"One-hundred years after our founding and people are wondering if we are still relevant. I think it's important to get [the message] out there that the NAACP is as relevant as ever before," Djoken said. "We have the first African-American president, and we have to remind people that freedom is something that's constant."
Djoken said that he was encouraged by the national chapter of the organization to apply for the position based on his accomplishments in Frederick.
"That's something that really showed that people are very proud of the work that we have done in Frederick County," Djoken said. "They were very proud of what we've done here in Frederick in standing up in civil rights." Djoken said his accomplishments with the local chapter include his role in fighting for immigrants' rights.
He also cited his efforts in pushing for the state's attorney general to form a committee to look into the use of electric devices by police, after the death of Jarrel Gray, a 20-year-old Frederick man who died in 2007 after a Frederick County sheriff's deputy used a Taser device on him.
Several Frederick officials praised Djoken as an effective communicator who reaches out to peacefully resolve issues when aggrieved residents turn to the NAACP for help. "He's been an excellent partner in terms of working with us and the mutual desire for public safety and resolving issues and concerns, working together," said Frederick Police Chief Kim C. Dine.
"We have excellent communication between our organizations where no one rushes to judgment and we all hope that we are providing excellent police service and that everyone's rights are protected."
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The Frederick County chapter of
the NAACP plans to co-sponsor a forum for candidates in the City of Frederick election 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Burck Street Youth Center, 413 Burck St., Frederick. The event is also sponsored by the Frederick African-American Chamber of
Commerce and Latinos Unidos of Frederick.