Three weeks after he was elected to a fourth term as president of the Georgia Conference NAACP, Edward DuBose has been re-elected to the national board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
DuBose of Columbus said it’s a great honor to serve another three-year term on the policy making board. He was elected Feb. 18 during the NAACP’s quarterly meeting in New York City.
The board meets four times a year, tackling numerous issues across the country. The 2012 elections, voter registration and shifting troubled young men from incarceration to education are major priorities for the association.
“We are trying to redirect resources from the prison so people can be educated to eliminate this high incarceration rate,” DuBose said. “You have to get a good education and make better priorities to be successful in life.”
DuBose said he and the board are concerned about black on black crime. “We’ve got to send the message that this is in our reach,” he said. “We can deal directly with black on black crime. Young people don’t have an appreciation for life sometimes. We have some kids trying to do the right thing but we have some that would kill their brother in a minute.”
In a statement from the civil right’s organization, the NAACP said the board is made up of 64 members who establish policies to govern the association, acquire, own and manage property and establish personnel rules and polices that may be required. DuBose will serve on the Image Award Committee, vice chair of the Units and Membership Committee, chairman of the Membership Committee and Enhancement Subcommittee.
In DuBose’s re-election, the NAACP noted that he made history in the association’s centennial in 2009 by becoming the first president of the Georgia State Conference to serve on the national board of directors. “Being re-elected is just another testament to his commitment to the NAACP,” the statement said.