NAACP Announces Dr. Julius Scruggs to BoardMarch 01, 2011
(BALTIMORE, MD) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced the election of Dr. Julius R. Scruggs to its National Board of Directors. Scruggs was elected during the Board’s recent annual meeting in New York City. The NAACP National Board of Directors establishes policy for the Association and its more than 1,200 units.
“I welcome Dr. Julius R. Scruggs to our Board of Directors,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Over the years, the Board has benefitted from the substantial contributions of distinguished Presidents of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. such as Dr. J. H. Jackson and Dr. T. J. Jemison.”
“His election to the Board signals our appreciation for the denomination, generally, and our admiration for him, particularly, as the Convention’s leader for such a time as this. The African-American Church has long been a critical partner in our network of freedom fighters, and the Baptist tradition’s historic commitment to religious freedom and human liberty is essential to informing and inspiring our ongoing struggle for justice,” Brock added.
As current president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. (NBCUSA, INC), Scruggs leads the largest national group of African American Christians, with more than 7 million members in nearly 30,000 churches. He is a man of deep social consciousness, as demonstrated by his stellar contributions to religious and community causes. His accomplishments have been recognized in "Who's Who in Religion," "Outstanding Young Men in America," and "Personalities in the American Hall of Fame." Scruggs inclusion reflects the Association’s long-standing relationship with the faith community.
“Dr. Julius R. Scruggs will add incalculable value to the NAACP National Board of Directors and the cause of social justice,” said fellow NAACP Board member Dr. David Goatley. “He is an experienced community organizer with more than 50 years of pastoral experience, a critical thinker who has authored several books, a successful resource developer who has generated broad and deep support for education across the years, and a national leader who presides over the largest African-American faith community and membership organization in the country.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.