Chairman reconsiders position

                                                            December 8, 2008

Dear NAACP Board Members and SCF Trustees:

            The outpouring of support from a supermajority of Board members – and from State and Regional Leadership and rank-and file members - asking me to run again for NAACP Board Chairman has convinced me to change my mind.

            I will be a candidate for Chairman when the Board convenes in February.

            This decision was made by the flood of written, telephoned, mailed and e-mailed appeals I received asking me to reconsider. I am eternally grateful to all those who contacted me.          

            I hope that continuity in the Chairman’s position will, as many suggested, enhance our Centennial celebration. I also share the hope expressed by many that we can operate with increased civility and harmony in our Board deliberations. We owe it to each other and to the Association.

            As we approach a new day in our national leadership, I look forward to a renewed day in our own.


            Julian Bond
            Board Chairman


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