NAACP names former U.S. House clerk as interim leader

The NAACP last week named former U.S. House of Representatives clerk Lorraine Miller as its interim president and CEO while it begins a permanent replacement for outgoing leader Benjamin Todd Jealous.

The Baltimore-based 104-year-old civil rights organization said in a prepared statement that Miller, an NAACP national board member and former president of its Washington branch, will take over as interim president on Nov. 1. Jealous, who announced his resignation in September, is expected to remain with the organization through Dec. 31.

NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock announced Miller's appointment on Saturday at the board's final meeting of the year in Las Vegas. The organization said that a three-member search committee had been named to select a successor to Jealous, who was appointed president and CEO in 2008 at 35, making him the youngest person to lead the organization.

"This is a moment of great change and great opportunity for the NAACP," said Brock in a statement. "We are confident that Lorraine will serve the Association with a steady and experienced hand as we continue the search for the next president and CEO."

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