Georgia elects youngest state president in NAACP history

October 15, 20193min2192
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James “Major” Woodall, 25, has been elected as the new State President of the Georgia NAACP. The historic vote of the NAACP body makes Woodall the youngest to serve as State President in the 110-year history of the civil rights organization. Woodall is from Bulloch County, Georgia.

Woodall has served as Georgia Youth & College Division State President, First Vice President of the Bulloch County Branch, and most recently, as a 2018 graduate of the NAACP’s Next- Gen leadership training program.

“I ran for State President because far too many people are suffocating from lack of access to healthcare, clean air and water, poor education and mass incarceration,” Woodall said.

Woodall is a graduate student at the Morehouse School of Religion in the Interdenominational Theological Center and serves as a minister at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Marietta. He served eight years in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst.

Officials said Woodall’s election, which took place in Marietta at the 77th Annual State Convention, marks a new beginning for the Georgia NAACP, which was founded in 1909. Also elected to the new Executive Committee were:

  • First Vice President: Barbara Pierce (Columbus)
  • Second Vice President: Jonathan Johnson (Houston County)
  • Secretary: Delinda Gaskins (Bulloch County)
  • Assistant Secretary: Tanya LaFleur (Cobb County)
  • Treasurer: Teresa Hardy (DeKalb County)
  • Assistant Treasurer: Louise Thomas (DeKalb County)
  • State President, Georgia Youth & College: Amari Fennoy (Cobb County)

Members-At-Large: Jereine Grimes (Cobb), Shelby Hall (DeKalb), Yvonne Hawks (DeKalb), Kipp Carr 
(Atlanta), Larry Lockey (Waycross), Vivian Moore (DeKalb)

“Together, we as a Georgia NAACP are uniquely positioned to fight for the pressure to be released from the necks of those who are found in the margins of our society – so that they can breathe,” Woodall said.

Under this new administration, the Georgia NAACP is strategically focused in preparing for the 2020 elections, the decennial U.S. Census, redistricting and reapportionment, and more.

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  • Joe Beasley

    October 16, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Congratulations to the members of the NAACP and to the new President! I would, very much like to meet with him! As an 83 year old activist I know how critical it is that young African people assume the mantle of leadership and understand our struggle is global!

    As a lifetime member of the NAACP I look forward to meeting our new State President!


  • Veronica Wynn

    June 13, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    I am glad we are asking questions to make departments accountable however, I want to know what we’re gonna do about police unions? In many places the police chief has absolutely no power as the union just fights terminations to get bad cops back onto the force. What are we going to do about the police unions to hold bad cops accountable?


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