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Dickerson bids farewell as NAACP president

    Dr. Warner Dickerson received accolades from members of the executive committee of the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) after concluding 11 years of service as president during the organization's annual branch meeting at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral Church on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Ave.

    Dickerson, who delivered the State of the Branch address, is the longest serving president in the 95-year history of the branch. He was joined by the branch's executive director, Madeleine C. Taylor, her predecessor, State Rep. Johnnie R. Turner, staff, and friends,.

    "I now bid you farewell," said Dickerson, "but I shall always remain totally committed to, and supportive of the NAACP and this branch. There is no other organization like the NAACP in America, and for 103 years there has been none as effective and successful."

    Dickerson said the future of the branch will depend on the actions of its new president, executive committee and staff. The Rev. Keith Norman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church-Broad, is the new branch president. He was elected at the branch meeting in October.

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. The Memphis Branch is the largest branch in the organization.

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