The 71st annual NAACP Georgia State Conference produced a new president for the first time in 8 years. Dr. Francys Johnson is humbled by the honor and excited to begin his 2 year term.
His name was announced in the final meeting of this year's NAACP state conference and the 34 year old attorney immediately thanked outgoing President Edward Dubose for his years of service to the organization.
Dr. Johnson has been involved with the NAACP for 25 years. He started as a member of the youth council in his church. Since then, he said the organization has played an important role in the community. Under his new leadership, Dr. Johnson said he will focus on issues, like the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, that have begun to affect the African American community again.
"Putting in place a strong voting rights regime in this country that has the teeth of the federal government, the power of the federal government for enforcement is critical," said Dr. Johnson.
NAACP leaders say young people are critical to getting this message out.
"You can't look at young folks and say you're going to be the leaders of the future. You have to give them the opportunity to lead now and that's what the NAACP believes," said Leon Russell Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the NAACP.
Dubose was excited to turn over the reigns of the organization he led for the past 8 years, and Dr. Johnson is ready to lead the charge. He has a message for Columbus.
"For those who are looking around and say to themselves Columbus can be a better Columbus, a better place to live, work and play, where opportunity is available to all, then I say the NAACP is here," said Dr. Johnson.
The 4 day conference will wrap up Sunday afternoon. Dr. Johnson begins his term immediately.