Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
M. Gayle Moss who was president of the Pittsburgh NAACP from 2002-2012 gave her final speech to the congregation of Ebenezer Baptist Church on NAACP Sunday, Oct. 14.
Serving as the president of the Pittsburgh Unit #2285 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been a tremendous honor and a labor of love. In fact, I broke the glass ceiling by being the first woman to serve as president of this great Unit since 1915 when it first began. I have worked diligently in the Unit for 36 years. I felt I had much to offer to the leadership tier as many as 26 years ago.
Knowing that I helped establish so many initiatives has made the loss of sleep, the many emails and press conferences, the marches around buildings, and the abundance of meeting attendances all worth every second. I have forged great relationships throughout the city, whether in the community, in community boardrooms, or in corporate boardrooms.
Specifically, I founded the yearly Tennis Tournament that was held in Schenley and Highland Parks that lead into the co-sponsorship with area companies and corporations of scholarships for youth, increased the number of private and corporate sponsors of scholarships contributing as a partnership at the Annual Freedom Dinner celebrations, established the co-partnership with Panera Bread to help initiate diversity and inclusion initiatives in hiring and training for mid-level and management jobs, enlisted the engagement of partnerships to assist with voter registration, and spearheaded the initiation of the Duquesne University Law Clinic/NAACP partnership to provide assistance to victims of civil rights abuse who could not afford legal representation. In the last year, the worth of this program is valued over $750,000. It is the only program like this in the country and it is now a role model for other NAACP Units across the United States.
While under my watch, the leadership from National traveled to Pittsburgh to assist with the efforts to attempt to get justice for the police brutality used against local youth Jordan Miles. We took buses to Washington, D.C., to advocate for jobs creations and to Harrisburg to join forces with others in search of ways to stop voter suppression. A Voter Registration grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation was received to further enhance voter awareness and registration documentation while serving on the front lines to explain Free Voter ID acquisition. We held a Partnership with Gateway Medical Health by co-hosting a Health Fair over a three year period and I helped develop a Partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to name a few. I am proud of these accomplishments. We have held workshops on Veterans’ Rights, Education as a Civil Right and Financial Literacy.
I was appointed by both County Executives Dan Onorato and Rich Fitzgerald as a member of the Jail Oversight Board and the Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Committee, which I chair, for Allegheny County. Serving on the Search Committees for the President of Community College of Allegheny County.