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(AP)–The president of the Mississippi NAACP says the selection of a white man to lead one of the organization’s chapters shows its real mission to represent more than one race. Michael Teasley, a white man in his mid-30s who grew up in rural Rankin County, is the new president of the JSU chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Derrick Johnson, NAACP state president, said he’s watched Teasley grow as a leader and described him as committed. “And this is a great opportunity for people to see that our organization is not about one race. Many people forget that white people helped organize the NAACP (in 1909),” Johnson told The Clarion-Ledger. “But I think Michael’s acceptance within the organization shows we practice what we preach – that no person should be discriminated against because of race.”

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