The new national PTA president says he wants to stanch a decline in membership. Southeast Georgia aviation operations analyst Otha Thornton last month became the group's first African-American male top leader. The PTA has lost a million participants over the past 10 years. It's down to five million members.
A coastal Georgia resident has made history by becoming the first African-American man to serve as president of the National Parent Teacher Association. Otha Thornton, of Richmond hill, was installed as president of the organization at the association's general meeting in Cincinnati Sunday.