Posted Dec. 10, 2008 – Long-time civil rights veteran Julian Bond says the outpouring of support in the three weeks after announcing he would not seek another term as chairman of the NAACP, forced him to change his mind.
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Bond, 68, said in an interview on "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" on Tuesday that he was flooded with calls from board members and others asking him to remain at the helm of the civil rights organization, reports The Associated Press.
"I got this outpouring of support," Bond said, "from not only my board members — a great, great majority of my board members — but also from people who may or may not be members of the NAACP, saying 'Why don't you stay?'"
Bond has been board chairman since 1998.
As BET.com reported, the civil rights vet said three weeks ago that the time was right to let younger leaders take over the NAACP and that he would not seek another term as the organization’s chairman.
"I've changed my mind, and I am going to offer for re-election in February," Bond said.
He apparently has the backing of Benjamin T. Jealous, 35, who was chosen in May as president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the youngest president in the group’s history. Jealous supports Bond's decision to remain as chairman "100 percent," said Carla Sims, an NAACP spokeswoman told AP.