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NAACP Seeing More Gay, Diverse Chapter Leaders (Except in Iowa-Nebraska)

March 25, 2011
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Apparently someone needs to tell the Iowa-Nebraska State Conference President of the NAACP.  Rev. Keith Ratliff recently spoke at an anti-gay marriage rally with bigot and religious zealot Roy Moore.  Ratliff said at the rally that LGBT are hijacking the Civil Rights Movement and that LGBT Human Rights have no parallel and are an insult to the Civil Rights movement.

The NAACP’s newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson State University chapter recently turned to a 30-something white man.

“This is the new NAACP,” said Clark University political science professor Ravi Perry, the new chapter president in Worcester. “This is a human rights organization, and we have an obligation to fight discrimination at all levels.”

NAACP branches have been recruiting gays, immigrants and young people who grew up in a world far removed from the landmark 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling that outlawed school segregation. Now, leadership positions that were once held only by blacks are being filled by members of other racial or ethnic groups.

The group does not keep track of numbers, but in recent years NAACP chapters in New Jersey, Connecticut and Georgia have elected Hispanics as president. A white man was picked to lead the chapter in Aiken, S.C. And two years ago, NAACP members in Hamtramck, Mich., a Detroit suburb, selected a Bangladeshi American to revive their long-dormant chapter.

via New NAACP seeing more gay, diverse chapter leaders as group seeks to increase membership – The Washington Post.