Nevada NAACP Chooses 1st Non-Black President In More Than 50 Years
It may be called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people, but race isn't an issue for the NAACP. The Nevada chapter of the civil rights organization has elected its first non-Black president in 66 years.
On Thursday (Jan. 3), Jeffrey Blanck was sworn in as the successor of outgoing president, Lonnie Feemster, who completed four two-year terms. “I am proud that our leadership and membership reflect the right diversity of our community and our country,” Blanck said in a statement.
He's also had extensive ties to the NAACP.
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Blanck's involvement with the local NAACP has long been established, with the lawyer serving as the second vice-president and legal redress chair. A 27-year veteran, Blanck was moved to practice law after being inspired by the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s, according to his website. In a brief statement, Blanck spoke to the diversity of the branch he is soon to helm.
In stepping down from his post Feemster expressed content over working with his team. “I have worked with most of the incoming group and I know they are dedicated and committed to the work of the NAACP.” he said. “I am proud to have served four terms as president of our local brand and will continue to work to reduce racial disparities and discrimination in our community.”
Feemster will continue to be part of the organization, serving on the executive branch committee as the Nevada State Director for the NAACP National Voter Fund.