State NAACP Executive Director Dwight C. James oversaw the meeting at Dorchester County Council Chambers.
Officers elected were Dexcter Mack (President), Felisa Geddis (1st Vice President), Deborah Mortellaro (2nd Vice President) and Brenda Deweese (Treasurer).
Elected as At Large members of the Executive Committee were Aaron Brown, Thelma Harper, William Sanders and John Thomas.
“Our first activities will be to work throughout the community to determine more precise goals,” Mack said.
Targets suggested were regaining African-American representation on the Dorchester Dist. 2 school board and creating a youth chapter of the new local branch.
James said goals for the organization statewide include addressing new voter identification regulations, which take effect next year.
“The NAACP was very active in holding back the ‘Voter ID’ laws (in 2012),” he said. “Come January, it starts again.”
“We have to be watchful and really on-guard that people aren’t disenfranchised from their right to vote.”
This third regional branch in the county opens with 78 members.
Dorchester County’s other two branches are in Ridgeville and St. George.
The group’s first official meeting will begin 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at County Council Chambers (500 N Main St in Summerville).