Finalist for NAACP President to Meet With Board

Vote on candidate follows national search

Julian Bond, Chairman, the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said today the Association's Board will vote on a finalist for the position of president and chief executive officer of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization at the end of this month.

"The search for a new chief executive officer has been a long process involving potential candidates from across the country," said Bond. "I think we will present the Board with an outstanding candidate who will lead the NAACP on its important mission for justice and civil rights for all Americans."

The candidate is a former corporate executive who will be announced following a meeting with the Board of Directors. The Board is scheduled to meet in Atlanta on June 25.

Since the resignation of Kweisi Mfume as President and CEO on November 30, 2004, the NAACP has been led by Interim President and CEO Dennis Courtland Hayes, the Association's longtime General Counsel. Mfume, a former Congressman who is running for the Democratic nomination to U.S. Senate from Maryland, led the organization for nearly nine years.

The NAACP, with more than 2000 affiliates (adult branches and college chapters), has led the effort for social justice for nearly 100 years and through programmatic initiatives remains visible with adult branches, youth councils and college chapters in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Germany.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are frontline advocates for civil rights, social justice and equal opportunity under law.

CONTACT: NAACP Office of Communications 410.580.5125

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