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:

“I have worked with most of the incoming group and I know they are dedicated and committed to the work of the NAACP. I am proud to have served four terms as president of our local branch and will continue to work to reduce racial disparities and discrimination in our community,” Feemster said.

Feemster will still work for the NAACP in a reduced role as part of the branch’s executive committee and will remain the Nevada State Director for the NAACP National Voter Fund. Blanck, who will serve two terms, was sworn in on Jan. 4 along with other leaders.

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2 thoughts on “Nevada NAACP to Name First Non-Black President in 66-Year History

  1. and will continue to work to reduce racial disparities and discrimination in our community,” Feemster said.

    Please list them.
    List the disparities and discrimination

    I bet 90% of them can be solved by teaching what we all have in common as americans instead of constantly preaching what is different about us. Or by teaching past evil deeds as a tool to prevent it from happening again instead of using it to shame others and trying to unite people under your flag.

    The other 10% is just straight up hate and their is nothin you can do about it. Their will always be evil in this world.All we can do as a society is not give that 10% a mouthpiece and turn your back on those people.

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