Georgia’s chapter of the NAACP has a new elected leader for the first time in eight years. Civil rights attorney and pastor Francys Johnson takes over as president after a statewide conference last month. Johnson is 34, which means he grew up in a post-segregation society. But he said the organization is still fighting some of the same battles of his predecessors.
After eight years leading the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Edward DuBose says inequality in the state’s criminal justice system is the most significant issue greeting his successor. DuBose said the organization’s next president also must ensure access to the polls now that the Supreme Court has struck down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Georgia chapter of the NAACP and other organizations are planning a motorcade and rally to urge the Department of Justice to file federal charges — including civil rights violations — against George Zimmerman. Organizers say a motorcade of about 200 bikers is expected to travel from the Stonecrest Mall east of Atlanta to the Georgia State Capitol Sunday afternoon.
The governor suspended members of the majority black DeKalb County School Board over accusations of financial mismanagement and other allegations. A coalition of black leaders Monday asked that he consider finding black replacement board members.