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NAACP Is Looking For New President, 'Retooling' Entire Organization

20 Mai 2017

Brooks, who has been the president of the NAACP for three years, will not be retained once his contract is up at the end of June, the chairman and vice chair of the board of directors say.

He added that the outcome of the presidential election, Trump's governance, and fast-moving news cycles had led the century-old organization to do some soul searching.

The NAACP is dismissing its president as the biggest USA civil rights organization tries to recast itself to strengthen its advocacy role and better support local activism, officials said on Friday. The group will begin searching for a new leader while Leon W. Russell, chairman of the group's board, and Derrick Johnson, the vice chairman, head day-to-day operations.

The NAACP is shaking up its leadership, voting to dismiss its president, Cornell William Brooks, in what it called a "system-wide refresh".

The group is changing its structure and tactics in response to what it calls "audacious challenges" and "today's volatile political, media and social climates".

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Brooks told The New York Times Friday that he was "baffled" by the decision.

"The leadership of the NAACP has chose to implement an organization-wide refresh and strategic re-envisioning to determine how best to position the organization to confront head-on the many challenges of today's volatile political, media and social climates", the organization said in a statement. The group, which has been eclipsed in many ways by the more youthful Black Lives Matter movement and the broader "resistance" to Trump, is launching a national listening tour of cities across the nation to get ideas about how it can remain relevant. We are not relegated to the dust! We are an American iconic institution! "We know that our hundreds of thousands of members and supporters expect a strong and resilient NAACP moving forward, as our organization has been in the past, and it remains our mission to ensure the advancement of communities of color in this country", said Russell. "There have been many leaders with many different styles at the NAACP". So why the need to defend the NAACP so vigorously?

"It's been two years and 11 months and in that time the NAACP has been unrelenting in our challenge to this administration and other opponents of civil rights", he said. They recognize the crucial role it played in ending legalized discrimination during the Civil Rights Era.

For instance, Brooks was among the activists arrested in January at the office of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a Republican senator, during a sit-in protesting his nomination for the cabinet position.

The NAACP has been around for 108 years, and is credited with historic social justice victories against segregation, separate but equal schooling and voter suppression.

NAACP Is Looking For New President, 'Retooling' Entire Organization