November 17, 2017
    NAACP names interim to CEO

    Longtime member; started local nonprofits in Mississippi

    10/26/2017

    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People named Derrick Johnson as CEO. Johnson has served as interim CEO since July. He succeeds Cornell William Brooks, whose contract the NAACP board did not renew.

    Johnson is a longtime member and leader of NAACP. He was elected vice-chairman in February.

    He formerly served as state president of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP. He is founder and executive director of One Voice, a nonprofit conceived in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to enhance the quality of life for African Americans through civic engagement training and initiatives.

    As a past regional organizer of Southern Echo, another nonprofit, Johnson provided legal, technical and training support to communities spanning the south. He was appointed to the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission by the chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

    Johnson serves on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.

    He attended Tougaloo College, and then earned a J.D. at South Texas College of Law. He was later awarded fellowships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the George Washington University School of Political Management and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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