Story updated: James Woodall elected youngest state president of Georgia NAACP

October 17, 20193min1833
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Five DeKalb leaders to join Woodall on historic state cabinet 


By Valerie J. Morgan

James “Major” Woodall, 25, has been elected as the new state president of the Georgia NAACP. The historic vote of the state NAACP makes Woodall, who is from Bulloch County, GA, the youngest to serve as state president in the 110-year history of the civil rights organization.

The DeKalb County NAACP branch will be well represented in Woodall’s cabinet. DeKalb President Teresa Hardy and members Louise Thomas, Shelby Hall, Vivian Moore and Yvonne Hawkins all were elected to two-year terms for the 13-member state executive committee. DeKalb is among the 100 branches that are members of the state civil rights organization.

“We are very excited to be a part of the historic executive committee,” said Hardy, who was elected treasurer. “We have been pushing leadership among young people. They have the energy and we are looking forward to working with Mr. Woodall and using that energy to move us forward.”

Woodall is a 2018 graduate of the NAACP’s Next-Gen leadership training program for young adult NAACP members between the ages of 21 to 35. His involvement with the NAACP includes serving as Georgia Youth and College Division state president and first vice president of the Bulloch County Branch.

“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.

A graduate student at the Morehouse School of Religion in the Interdenominational Theological Center, Woodall is 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. They said Georgia branches are poised to focus on the 2020 elections, the decennial U.S. Census, redistricting and reapportionment, and other critical issues.

In addition to Woodall, the new executive committee includes:

  • 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),Vivian Moore (DeKalb), Kipp Carr 
(Atlanta and Larry Lockey (Waycross)




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  • dwayne pyron

    June 13, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    God Bless you Mr Woodall, my name is dwayne, just some ideas, How about policy that says if a police ofcr kills someone its an automatic and permanant firing from all state,fed city positions, nothing personal just policy and anyone who protects ie as: coroner chief, gov mayor doctor anyone in the pecking order, ect, they lose their job too, and anyone who helped this police ofcr assist, no permanant positions no go-between foot holds or monopoly no police union not even a trainer nor judge that includes supreme court judges, it would be like a detroit assy line your rotated again like jury duty – No permanant judge NO permanant executionerand thats for starters their would be court to find out if the ofcr or if the alledged criminal was guilty of murder . I dont need a harvard law degree nor state permission to be right, I have a bible, treat as you would want treated,and see with Gods eyes and not the states eyes. It was a Baptist that ended ww-2, it was a baptist that ended the civil war, Like you I am also a fellow baptist.


  • Mandriez spivey

    June 25, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I have a very bad problem with
    the city of macon and the state of Georgia dept of corrections. I have been assaulted multiple times and I feel as if it is because they know that we don’t know or rights nor do we anyone to represent us on these cases and the Macon NAACP is not helping though I was told that they were going to set me up with an attorney
    I need to speak with someone ASAP


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