NAACP fires its president, will embrace Black Lives Matter
Russell said the process might take a year, during which the group's board would gather comment from members nationwide about the NAACP's future course.The NAACP has been a leader of U.S. civil rights since its founding in 1909. Its pre-eminence has been challenged by the Black Lives Matter movement that sprang up to protest police shootings of African Americans in recent years and by mass protests against President Donald Trump.Johnson said the group wanted to strengthen local and state activism and education and develop local leadership.The decision not to renew Brooks' contract was made by the NAACP national board on Friday."I'm disappointed and mystified," Brooks said in a telephone interview. He said that, including interim leaders, he was at least the 10th head of the NAACP in 15 years."There's been a revolving door of CEOs at the NAACP and this is a bad moment for it to be spinning," he said.