NAACP Mourns the Passing of Carl L. Breeding

Breeding Served as Michigan State Conference President for Thirty Years

(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP mourns the loss of community activist and educator Carl L. Breeding.  Mr. Breeding was a long-serving leader within local and national NAACP.  He passed away Monday, November 26th at age 80.

Carl Breeding was a member of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and a NAACP Special Contributions Fund Trustee. He was also the longest serving president of the NAACP’s Michigan State Conference (1971-1975, 1977-2001) and a lifetime member of the Association.

“Carl L. Breeding left an indelible impression on the NAACP for nearly a half-century,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “His involvement with both local and national civil rights issues made him an asset on our Board of Directors. We are grateful for his legacy.”

In addition to his work with the NAACP, Breeding shaped emerging leaders in his community for 28 years as an algebra and general mathematics teacher in the Jackson Public School System.

In 1997, Breeding was elected to the Jackson City Council and later elected Vice Mayor in 2009. Breeding was also a former member of the Jackson Human Relations Commission.

“Carl Breeding dedicated his life to serving his community and fighting for social justice,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “His passion to protect civil rights will inspire activists for generations to come. He will be missed.”

“The entire Michigan State Conference family is saddened by the sudden loss of Mr. Carl L. Breeding,” said NAACP’s Michigan State Conference President Yvonne White. “He has left behind a rich legacy as a fearless and devoted champion of social justice, defending the freedom of all persons regardless of age, race, gender, views or economic situation. Mr. Breeding loved his family, the NAACP and his community, and we loved him.”

In 1999, Breeding was selected by the Jackson Citizen Patriot Daily Newspaper as one of thirty most influential Jackson citizens of the century.

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