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Julian Bond To Step Down as NAACP Chairman

Julian Bond To Step Down as NAACP Chairman

Published November 19, 2008

Posted Nov. 19, 2008 – Julian Bond, 68, has said he is stepping down as chairman of the NAACP once his term ends in February.

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After 10 years of volunteer service as the NAACP national board chairman, Bond indicated he would not seek re-election.

"This is the time for renewal. We have dynamic new leadership. The country has a new president in Barack Obama; the organization has a new CEO in Benjamin Jealous; and we'll soon have a new chairman of the NAACP Board,” Bond said in a statement. “The NAACP and the country are in good hands."

In a letter to board members, Bond wrote that he will remain on the board, and will seek re-election once his board term ends, but he won’t seek re-election as chairman.

"I'm not resigning, I'm just not running for re-election," said the venerable civil rights leader and former Georgia state representative. "Being chairman has been a wonderful honor; however, it has been more time-demanding than anything I've ever done. I'm ready to let a new generation of leaders lead."

Julian Bond was elected as the chairman of the board of NAACP in 1998. In 2002, Bond was awarded the National Freedom Award, a prestigious honor, whose recipients in past years include Jackie Robinson, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Rosa Parks. NAACP Board members and officers are volunteers in elected positions. The chairmanship is a one-year term, and board members serve a three-year term. The holder of 25 honorary degrees, Bond is a Distinguished Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor in history at the University of Virginia.

"We appreciate Chairman Bond's commitment and look forward to his continued active involvement on the board," said NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous.

Written by BET-Staff

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