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The 2014 MLK March to Gilioz Theater, Springfield MO, estimated over 1,000 marchers
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NAACP Springfield Branch #4081
Our monthly meetings are held
the Third Saturday of every Month.
The meetings are located in the

Midtown Carnegie Library
397 E. Central Street
Springfield MO 65803

Next Meeting:
Saturday, July 19, 2014
General Meeting starts at 1:30pm

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A Review of the NAACP 2014 MLK March

Cornell William Brooks,  will be the NAACP'S 18th National President

The nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization has selected a longtime housing activist and a minister as its new president and CEO.

An overwhelming majority of the organization's board of directors picked Cornell William Brooks late Friday night during a meeting in Fort Lauderdale, NAACP chairwoman Roslyn Brock told USA TODAY. Brooks replaces former president Benjamin Todd Jealous, who announced his resignation last September, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

In a telephone interview with USA TODAY, Brooks said he plans to "fight to insure voting rights, economic equality, health equity and an end to racial discrimination for all people."

Brooks, 53, who lives in Woodbridge, Va., with his wife, Janice, and two sons, is executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and an ordained minister. He referenced the milestone anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that mandated educational equality in explaining his thoughts on his selection.

"With today being the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education ... I'm a graduate of Yale Law School, I am an heir, a benficiary, a grandson of Brown v. Board of Education, so as a consequence, I am an heir to the legacy of the NAACP," Brooks said in a telephone interview. It is the "sacrifice of members past and present that led to me being where I am," he said.

"I am profoundly grateful for this opportunity," Brooks added.

Brooks also is former senior counsel with the Federal Communications Commission and a former trial attorney with the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. At Yale Law School, he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has a master's degree in divinity from Boston University.

"Attorney Brooks is a long-term lawyer, a human rights activist and a fourth-generation ordained minister and so we look forward to leveraging his experience ... and his keen vision," Brock said.

Jealous, now a partner at Kapor Capital and senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, congratulated Brooks in a statement.

"This is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for the NAACP," Jealous said. "Cornell William Brooks has led an impressive career. I look forward to the Association continuing its mission under his leadership."

Brooks will officially take over his new role at the NAACP board meeting in Las Vegas in July, Brock said.

Between now and then, he plans to have conversations with board members and members to familiarize himself with their needs and concerns, he said.

Since Jealous' resignation became effective Dec. 31, Lorraine Miller, former clerk of the U.S. House, has served as interim NAACP president.

The Hollins Group of Chicago, Ill., conducted the nationwide search that included a review of more than 450 applications, Brock said.




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