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Boston NAACP President Michael Curry Elected to National Board

Boston's Michael Curry Takes Seat at 105th Annual Meeting of the Association

The National Board of Directors for the NAACP is a 64-member board chaired by Roslyn M. Brock and is the governing body of the Association.  Notably hosting many of the architects of the Civil Rights Movement, the board has recently welcomed a new generation of civil rights leaders.  On Saturday, February 15, 2014, during the NAACP's Annual Meeting in New York City, Attorney Michael Curry, President of the Boston NAACP was elected to the National Board of Directors.   Michael will be the first representative from the Boston Branch and the New England Area in over 35 years.

Michael CurryCurry’s election to the National Board of the NAACP is expected to translate into a revived NAACP presence in New England, as well as a northeast voice at the table.  Critical issues the group is dealing with now include:
  • education
  • economic development
  • public safety
  • health disparities
  • civic engagement

New England's History on the NAACP National Board
  • Lynn native Vernon K. Sport, a Tuskegee Airman and President of the New England Area Conference of the NAACP, was elected to the National Board and resigned in 1975.
  • Kivie Kaplan, a well-known Boston businessman and philanthropist was elected to the National Board in 1954, and in 1966, was elected President of the National Board where he served until his death in 1975.

Chairman Brock Welcomes Curry

Curry’s election follows the 2010 unanimous election of Roslyn M. Brock, as the 14th Chairman of the Association who has the distinction as the youngest person and fourth woman to Chair the NAACP.

“I am pleased to welcome Michael Curry to the NAACP National Board of Directors. Mr. Curry represents the next generation of NAACP leadership that will continue to advance our 105-year-old association in the fight for social justice. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity,” stated Chairman Brock.

“Chairman Brock's first election had a generation of us ‘turned up’, as young people often say, and the promise of her leadership inspired me to become President of the Boston NAACP, and now leads me to the National Board. I’m fired up, and ready to go!” said President Curry.

About Michael Curry

President Curry brings over 20 years of experience in government, community and public affairs to the National Board, as well as his experience as a Massachusetts attorney and leader of the nation’s first charted branch of the NAACP.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lend my experience, training and passion for equality and justice to this great Association,” said Attorney Curry. “The NAACP is uniquely positioned to eliminate longstanding racial barriers and to deliver on the promise of this great Democracy, and I’m blessed to join an amazing group of leaders from throughout this country who are focused on that objective.”

Attorney Curry works as a Legislative Affairs Director and Senior Counsel for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and serves as a trustee on the boards of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, Roxbury Community College, and was appointed to the Mayor's Public Health Transition Team and to the School Quality Working Group (SQWG) for the Boston Public Schools. In November 2010, Curry was elected as President of the Boston NAACP, and re-elected for a second term in Nov 2012. He is credited for the significant rise in membership and the increased advocacy of the branch. In 2013, the Boston Branch received national recognition for the highest membership increase in the country.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The Boston Branch was the first chartered branch, established in 1911.

Posted: February 18, 2014    Nancy J Conrad

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