On Saturday, the NAACP named Derrick Johnson as interim president and CEO, effective immediately. The unanimous decision was made by the executive committee of the board of directors during the association’s 108th annual convention in Baltimore. NAACP Board Chair Leon Russell “Derrick’s longtime service with the Association will allow him to take decisive action to deal with daily challenges. He will also serve as the primary spokesman for the NAACP. I have every confidence in Derrick and will support him in this new endeavor every step of the way.” Johnson is a native of Detroit and later moved to Mississippi where he attended Tougaloo College in Jackson. He then continued on to Houston to receive his JD from the South Texas College of Law. In later years, Mr. Johnson furthered his training through fellowships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). More here.
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