COMMENTARY: After 104 Years, It’s Time For a Woman to Lead NAACP

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I’ve attended Brock’s Leadership 500 summits and it’s an impressive event because Brock helps groom tomorrow’s leaders as she continues to bring young black professionals with fresh ideas to the NAACP.

So today, it’s time for the NAACP’s 64-person board to hire its first woman president since the NAACP was founded in 1909.

“There are several stellar black women leaders who could lead the NAACP in a new direction,” according to Ebony.

The magazine listed Stefanie Brown James, a former national field director and youth and college director of the NAACP and the director of African-American voting for the Obama 2012 campaign;  Aisha Moodie-Mills, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; Maya Wiley, President of the Center for Social Inclusion; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and counsel-director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and former Bennett College president Julianne Malveaux.

“The NAACP can send a great signal that a change has come by choosing an African American woman to head the organization,” Ebony said.

“That no woman in more than a century has had the opportunity is shameful. Moreover, it reflects a continued distrust of female race leaders,” the magazine added. “Despite the fact that black women are one of the most politically engaged demographics, particularly regarding racial issues, having disproportionately outvoted all other demographics in the 2008 presidential campaign, there is still a strident distrust of nlack women running movements.”

Meanwhile, Jealous said he has no choice but to resign: He made a promise to his seven-year-old daughter that he would leave the NAACP after five years – and he plans to keep his word.

“Truly we were surprised,” Brock told USA Today. “We’re disappointed that he’s leaving at this time. He’s five years in and we were expecting him to be with us seven years, based on our agreement with him.”

Perhaps Brock will take up the mantle and, as president, lead the NAACP into the future.

Brock has spent nearly 30 years working in the trenches for the NAACP. She deserves serious consideration for the civil rights organization’s top job — if she wants it.

(Photo: AP)

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14 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: After 104 Years, It’s Time For a Woman to Lead NAACP

  1. You already know thus significantly in the case of this subject, made me in my view imagine it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men aren’t involved except it is one thing to do with Girl gaga! Your own stuffs nice. All the time handle it up!

  2. NAACP Was formed by 60 white people to help the “colored” people back in the south… there were on 7 Black people on the board of directors and they were there to bring back information to the white people; so they did not have to and talk directly to them themselves!… The NAACP was a white owned and operated organization and since NOTHING is really being done … I guess it still is!

  3. truthshallsetyoufree, your comments are a disgrace to the NAACP. It is doubtful that are a member of our organization.

    • Jay… For your information I am a member!!… And, you obviously do not know much about anything. So, before you attempt to speak again… Read the history of the NAACP (they wrote it) and you will learn something… and you will learn that it was originally formed by white people …that’s why it was for “colored” people… Now, after 100 plus years…All African Americans can agree that we are not “colored” people… what about YOU, are you “colored” “negro” “black” or ????? what????….Anyway here is the link for you to read the story…. http://www.naacp.org/pages/naacp-history …..

      • You should be the president of the NAACP? Why don’t you give your name and branch? An article 10 can be prepared to have you thrown out as a disgrace. Why are you a member? IF we are now and always have been just a bunch of do nothings and lackeys. You know so much. Then you know how to change our brand. Prepare a resolution. Have your branch vote on and approve it. Have it sent to the national convention. Have it voted on and approved by body at large. We speak with one voice. But you know to do this because you should be the president of this great organization. You besmirch the contributions of those not of African descent who founded this fine organization. The NAACP is no longer a organization concerned solely with advocating the advancement of African Americans. Today our mission charges us with defending civil rights of all people of all colors even white. And we speak with one voice thankfully not yours. We do this because we fight racism. Because not to do this would be raciest But you know this because you are a member NAACP.

  4. Man or Woman … I want them to take the slave name “Colored” out of the title!… I should be the President of the new NAACP…. !

      • Well how about a name starting with the letter “C” that shows what 104 years of operating under a slave name has accomplished for African Americans… The young people and future children need to have an organization that represent them in a “positive image” … nothing anything with a negative tone to it….

        So, how about “Courageous, Confident, challenged, Consistent, Controlled, or Coordinated”

        National Association for the Advancement of Courageous People ….

        National Association for the Advancement of Confident People….. anything other than “colored”….

      • Well how about a name starting with the letter “C” that shows what 104 years of operating under a slave name has accomplished for African Americans… The young people and future children need to have an organization that represent them in a “positive image” … nothing anything with a negative tone to it….

        So, how about “Courageous, Confident, challenged, Consistent, Controlled, or Coordinated”

        National Association for the Advancement of Courageous People ….

        National Association for the Advancement of Confident People….. anything other than “colored”….

  5. That looks like a caucasian woman in support of the NAACP, which by the way is very refreshing and we could use more of that. By the way, what do you mean by a real black man? Family values? Tradition?
    Wow, those are a lot of issues you need to overcome before posting on anything.

    • Dear the Timekeeper I don’t have the original page ,so I don’t know who left the original message about a real black man but thank you for responding so well and you are right we need more diversity in the NAACP but its not because our arms aren’t open enough when they show up, they just don’t know this is every ones organization. You are what the NAACP stands for . I hope you are able to joins us in Navata next year for our convention

  6. Is that a white girl in the middle of the pic. Or is that just Benjamin Jealous in drag. I think it is time we have a real black man as a president of the NAACP. One who reflects the original family values that we have traditionally had.

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