Board Member: Yvonne M. White

Yvonne M. White is a Golden Heritage Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She has worked in various capacities at the national, state and local levels for more than twenty-five years. On September 9, 2001, Yvonne became the first woman elected president of the Michigan State Conference NAACP in its sixty-five year history. She is currently serving her fourth consecutive term.

The Michigan State Conference of the NAACP is the supervising unit that is directly responsible for over 30 local branches, and 15 youth councils and college chapters throughout the state.  All NAACP Units within the geographic boundaries of the State Conference is a member and subject to its efforts to coordinate NAACP activities and policies within the state of Michigan. Under Yvonne’s leadership, the Michigan State Conference NAACP has gained recognition as one of the state’s leading organizations. Just recently, the Michigan State Conference joined a lawsuit against Michigan’s Secretary of State to challenge the purging of voter records which was found to be illegal by the U.S. Eastern District Court. Yvonne has worked hard to re-establish the Youth and College Division in Michigan which in 2004 received National honors as the number one NAACP youth unit in the country. In 2003, Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, appointed her to the NAACP National Taskforce on Strategic Measurements to undertake the task of re-engineering its reporting system.

The recipient of many awards, during the 2007 National Convention in Detroit the Michigan State Conference received the NAACP’s “Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award for Legal Activism” and the “Dr. W. Montague Cobb Health Award” for special achievement in social and health justice, education and health research. In addition, Yvonne received the “Benjamin L. Hooks Keeper of the Flame Award” presented annually by the NAACP National Labor Committee and the “Benjamin L. Hooks State Conference President of the Year Award” for loyal, dedicated, sacrificial and courageous service to the cause of freedom. Other awards include special
tributes from the Michigan Senate (2003) and the Michigan House of Representatives (2001), and the “Spirit of Detroit Award” (1992).

Yvonne is employed by UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, a leader in developing education, training, personal development and work/family programs to assist UAW-represented General Motors employees in meeting the challenges of the fast changing, worldwide automotive industry, where she manages their national Tuition Assistance program.

During its 2009 Annual Meeting and centennial celebration in New York, Yvonne was elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors. Having been on the forefront of the civil rights movement with such leaders as Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, she is a strong advocate for civil and human rights, democracy, and freedom and justice for “all” the people. Yvonne believes that commitment, dedication and hard work are necessary to move the NAACP into the next 100 years and to enhance the Association’s performances.