Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia Conference NAACP, won’t seek a fifth term to the position when the 71st Annual Georgia State Conference Convention & Civil Rights Conference is held in Columbus this fall.
“It’s time,” DuBose said Saturday outside the Columbus branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on First Avenue. “A good leader has to know when it’s time. A leader has to know like Moses did when to past the torch. It’s time for me to past the torch to a Joshua.”
DuBose was standing with more than a dozen local and state officials announcing the Oct. 3-6 conference, when he used the Bible story to describe why he’s giving up the leadership position at the state conference.
Columbus was up against Macon and Savannah to host the conference, but DuBose wanted to leave office in the city where it all started for him. The NAACP delegation supported his wishes.
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“People honored my wishes of wanting to close out where I started,” said DuBose, who served as local branch president before moving to the state. “I’m so grateful that I’m able to close out saying goodbye to the home crowd.”