The Georgia NAACP has a long and important history in the civil rights struggle in the state. Now the role of leadership of the Georgia NAACP has been passed to its new president Phyllis Blake. A vote was held at the quarterly meeting held in Macon, Georgia last month and Blake was one of several officers elected to new posts in the organization.
According to a press release from the Georgia NAACP:
“In a historic vote of the State Conference of the Georgia NAACP, Phyllis Blake was elected as the first female President of the Georgia NAACP. Mrs. Blake ascended to the position of President of the Georgia NAACP on July 22, 2017, when former President Francys Johnson resigned at the National Convention in Baltimore. Blake of Atlanta was elected as President of the NAACP, Fayette County Branch in 2007. On the State level, Blake served as Metro Atlanta District Coordinator, elected Third Vice President in 2011 and First Vice President in 2015. Under the auspices of the National NAACP Corporate Office, Blake served as the Southeastern Region 2010 Census Manager and the 2012 Civic Engagement Coordinator.”
New officers elected also included:
- First Vice President James Stocks, Carrolton, GA
- Second Vice President Jeriene Grimes, Marietta GA
- Third Vice President Gerald Griggs, Atlanta, GA
- Secretary Dr. Nancy Dennard, Quitman, GA
- Assistant Secretary Delinda Gaskins, Statesboro, GA
- Treasurer Theresa Hardy, Decatur, GA
- Assistant Treasurer Dr. Beulah Teachey, Augusta, GA
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The Georgia NAACP has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for civil and human rights in Georgia.