On December 15, 2012, the newly elected Officers of the Altadena Branch NAACP were installed, and the "Torch" was passed from outgoing President, Dr. Gregor Edwards, to incoming President, Jalal Sudan. Sudan returns as President after stepping down 12 years ago and working in a supportive role to the four succeeding Presidents. The Oath of Office was administered by Congresswoman Judy Chu, representing the 27th Congressional District, who stated that it was an honor to administer the oath to the newly elected Officers of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Installation Ceremony took place at the Altadena Community Center at the close of the Veterans Resource Summit.
The Summit was presented by the Veterans Affairs Committee of the Altadena NAACP, hosted by its Chairman, Nate Haynes, and moderated by its former Chairman, Landy Johnson. It provided an opportunity for veterans from all theaters of conflict to initiate resolution of long standing unresolved benefit issues, and obtain additional benefit information for them and their families.
During the event, veterans and family members of deceased veterans shared information and dismay about their prior experiences. In addition to Congresswoman Judy Chu, other guests and Resource Panelist included World War II veteran, Elmo Espree; G. Patricia Jackson-Kelly, Lt. Colonel US Army (retired); James Maddox, Vietnam Veterans of America; Adam Carter, Veterans Representative for CA State Senator Carol Liu; Constance Anderson, Regional Director, Small Business Development Centers; and Shelia Jackson, Veterans Benefits Administration, VA of Greater Los Angeles.
President Sudan indicated that the Altadena NAACP will continue to emphasize its primary role of Advocacy for Justice and Equality, Civil and Human Rights Leadership Guidance, and to increase its role as a resource for unmet needs in our community.