NAACP names Detroit native Derrick Johnson president

Derrick Johnson (NAACP)

DETROIT - The NAACP named Detroit native Derrick Johnson its new president Saturday.

According to the NAACP, the executive committee of its National Board of Directors elected Johnson president and chief executive officer.

Johnson, 49, has been interim leader since July.

Johnson has been the vice chairman of the national board and the president of the NAACP's Mississippi State Conference.

Johnson attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, before going to Texas, where he received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

According to the NAACP, Johnson held fellowships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the George Washington University School of Political Management and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also served as a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School.

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