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The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) has selected a new national Chairman - pioneer civil rights advocate and legislator, Julian Bond. Mr. Bond, who is 58, has been involved in the American Civil Rights movement since his days as a college student. He has served as a representative of the state of Georgia and later as a senator, and is the author of A Time to Speak, a Time to Act, a book that discusses how to channel civil rights activism into the American election system. He was also a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Harvard, and the University of Virginia. and once served as President of NAACP?s Atlanta chapter.
He takes over as national chairman of the 89-year old organisation which has suffered a loss of members and revenue in recent years. Last November the organisation demanded and received the resignation of four board members for financial irregularities. The group is now solvent, but its membership has dropped to an estimated half-million people.
The outgoing national chairman Myrlie Evers-Williams is credited in part with rescuing the NAACP from bankruptcy and powerlessness. Mrs. Williams, who decided not to run for the Chairmanship again, warned against complacency when she declared, at the New York meeting of the NAACP in February: ? those needs, those concerns, those demands, whether we called ourselves Negroes then and African-Americans now, are the same demands that we are making upon America - this country that we helped to build with our blood, our sweat and our tears.?
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