Jeffrey Blanck, a civil rights attorney in Reno, Nev., has become the first non-Black leader of the Reno-Sparks NAACP in the branch’s 66-year history, according to the group’s web page this week. Blanck will be replacing outgoing President Lonnie Feemster, who has just completed his last of four two-year terms at the organization.
Blanck’s involvement with the local NAACP has long been established, with the lawyer serving as the second vice-president and legal redress chair. A 27-year veteran, Blanck was moved to practice law after being inspired by the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s, according to his website. In a brief statement, Blanck spoke to the diversity of the branch he is soon to helm.
I am proud that our leadership and membership reflect the rich diversity of our community and our country, said Blanck.
Outgoing president Lonnie Feemster added comments as well: