At the start of their convention in Charm City, the nation's oldest civil rights organization, NAACP board of directors named the now former Vice Chairman, Derrick Johnson as interim president & CEO, effective immediately. In a released statement, Board of Directors Chairman Leon Russell said Johnson was "battle tested and “qualified individual to guide the NAACP.”
In May, the national board of directors ousted former president and CEO, Cornell Brooks, who served in the post for only three years. During his stint in NAACP leadership, Brooks was a very outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. At that time, the board said Brooks' dismissal was part of "system wide refresh." Brooks, responded to the move on Twitter, saying in part, that he was "disappointed, but determined to go forward justice." Cornell Brooks left his leadership post at NAACP at the end of last month.
As for the elevation of Derrick Johnson as interim president and CEO, the board of directors released this statement: