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NAACP names Derrick Johnson as president amid time of ‘tremendous challenge’

By Donna Owens and Chandelis R. Duster,

The NAACP announced a new leader Saturday to oversee the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization during a time of “tremendous challenge and opportunity,” the group said.

Derrick Johnson, 49, was unanimously elected as president after serving as interim leader since July, replacing Cornell William Brooks. In February, Johnson was also elected vice-chairman of the Board of Directors.

In a call with reporters, Johnson said Saturday that he was honored to stay in the role and help the NAACP continue to make an impact on public policy. His term is set for three years.


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