Alumnus Appointed Acting President of the NAACP for Second Time
Dennis Hayes, ’77, has been appointed acting president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), following the announcement that Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO, will step down after nine years in that position.
Hayes was previously general counsel for the organization. This is the second time he has served as interim president, the first being in 1994. Hayes worked for the Indianapolis branch of the NAACP until 1985, when he joined the organization’s legal department.
Hayes said, “While the search for a new president is conducted, the NAACP will continue to lead the fight for civil rights and will move aggressively to strengthen the relationship between our 2000 affiliates (adult branches and college chapters) and the national office.”
The NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.