Derrick Johnson – Selected as Interim CEO of NAACP

Derrick Johnson has been named interim president and CEO of the national NAACP.

Derrick Johnson, vice chairman of the NAACP national board of directors and president of the Mississippi NAACP, talked Tuesday about the organization's upcoming listening tour 

The executive committee of the board of directors unanimously selected Johnson, who currently serves as vice chairman of the board during the Association’s 108th annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

In a statement released by the NAACP, Johnson called it "an honor and a privilege" to head the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and we won’t waste any time getting to it," he said. "We are facing unprecedented threats to our democracy and we will not be sidelined while our rights are being eroded every day. We remain steadfast and immovable, and stand ready on the front lines of the fight for justice.”