A 34 year old Statesboro civil rights attorney and pastor was elected president of the state NAACP last week at the 71st annual NAACP Georgia State Convention and Civil Rights Conference in Columbus. Dr. Francys Johnson is the youngest president in the organization's history. He is also the first new president in eight years. Johnson succeeds outgoing President Edward Dubose. He begins his two year term immediately.
Johnson, who has been involved with the NAACP for over 25 years, said he is "...looking forward to coming up with new solutions to some of our old problems and working with Gov. Nathan Deal, legislators and others in the public and private sectors to make a difference for the state of Georgia."
He said he will focus on a fair criminal justice system, improving the state's education system and ensuring a robust, diverse economy for Georgia.
Johnson graduated from Georgia Southern University, has his own law firm, The Johnson Firm P.C. in Statesboro, and has been an ordained minister for 18 years. He has served at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Pembroke and Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church in Statesboro.