The new President of the Blair County Chapter of the NAACP is the youngest ever elected to lead a Pennsylvania branch.
22-year-old Andrae Holsey, a 2016 graduate of Altoona Area High School, will lead over 50 members in branch #2252.
“What I want to bring to the table is the ability to communicate with the younger generation,”
He spent over four years in the army reserves as a mechanic.
In December, Holsey will graduate from Penn State Altoona and become a Second Lieutenant in the army.
The Blair County NAACP is the oldest chapter in the PA State Conference.
Their mission: to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights and promote social justice.
“When we fix those issues for minorities, we fix those issues for everyone,” Holsey said.
He said he’s excited to be working with people who have been in activism for decades.
“There are a lot of tensions that are fed by actions that happened 70 years ago,” he said.
Holsey also said improving relations between all races and making society better for all is one of his top priorities as President.
“We don’t have to be enemies. We don’t have to keep demonizing, threatening, and letting radical people drive the narrative,” he said.
He said he’ll try to find common ground with older generations by tying in the Black Lives Matter movement and social media.
Holsey said he lives by the saying, “The one who plants the tree is not the one who will enjoy its shade,” and will try to make society better for future generations.
“We’ll make sure we have steps that we can take to continue the progress forward, so that maybe our children won’t have to experience the same things that the generation before us did,”