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NAACP elects new leadership

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Despite a disruption at a local community organization, the newly elected leadership offered an olive branch to any ousted members.

The Albany-Dougherty NAACP elected David Williams president Saturday. He immediately set a tone of reconciliation.

"We have been rejuvenated to have had an election monitored by the state and national organization," Williams said. "We want to put the issues behind us and work with the other group that has been taken out of office. We are about community and they are welcome back. We believe every person must be treated fairly as part of the community."

Citing improprieties concerning late payment of dues, the national and state NAACP organizations removed the leadership in 2010. The organizations monitored the election of new leaders.

Just before he was inducted, Williams said that besides healing old wounds he wants to expand the organizations membership rolls. He also said there was a new NAACP office at 136 N. Magnolia St.

John Burr, pastor of The Temple of Hope, 404 Sands Drive, where the induction was held, said he thinks reconciliation is the correct path for the organization.

"We are all in this together. We are like the links in a chain, only as strong as our weakest link," Burr said. "We have a common cause and we welcome them back to the flock."