NAACP Names Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson Southeast Region Director

Feb. 5, 2007

Bold civil rights advocate, educator and community servant-leader Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson has been selected as director of the NAACP's Southeast Region. The region, which encompasses Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas, boasts the largest number of members.

"Rev. Johnson is representative of the Association's future," said NAACP President & CEO Bruce S. Gordon. "His style, energy and presence are refreshing. Members and the greater community will be motivated and should be excited about the perspective and potential he brings to this position."

Named an Emerging Leader by the National Religious Leadership Summit, Johnson enjoys a growing national reputation in the fields of justice studies and religious affairs. Johnson chaired the NAACP Georgia State Conference's Legal Redress Committee and is a committed grassroots organizer and longtime leader within the NAACP's Bulloch County ? Statesboro Branch.

"We are pleased to have a young, dynamic leader like Rev. Johnson join our team," said NAACP Chief Operating Officer Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III. "His unique combination of skills drawing from academia, the study of law and ministry will serve the units in the region very well."

"I am overjoyed by this appointment," Johnson said. "There is much work left to be done to make this a more perfect union. My role is to build the capacity of the NAACP to address the complex and difficult problems of race, equity and power. In this service to humanity and struggle for social justice I humbly offer my sacrifice."

Johnson holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Georgia and is a lecturer on race, law, and public policy. The Georgia Southern University alumnus earned post-doctoral certifications in dispute resolution and mediation from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Southern University in Baton Rouge. He's also served on the political science and criminal justice faculties at Georgia Southern and Savannah State universities.

He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and was inducted into the prestigious John F. Nolen, Jr. Hall of Leaders for Excellence in Service & Leadership at Georgia Southern University. He currently serves on the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Crisis Center's Board of Directors.

Before joining the Association as a director, Rev. Johnson was pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Pembroke, Georgia and is married to Dr. Meca Renee Williams, an educational psychologist and researcher.

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.

**EDITOR'S NOTE: An image of Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson is available upon request. See media contact info above.

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