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August 22nd, 2012

NAACP mourns passing of Jackson State’s Teasley



Jackson, MS – The NAACP family is mourning the loss of Michael Teasley, the first white president of the Jackson State NAACP chapter, who passed away last week at the age of 40.

“Michael Teasley carried on the proud tradition of freedom fighters in Mississippi,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “I will remember him for his passion and commitment. The entire NAACP holds his family, friends and the members of the Jackson State University NAACP in our thoughts and prayers.”

“I will always remember Michael’s friendship and his enthusiasm for the work of the NAACP,” stated NAACP Mississippi State Conference President Derrick Johnson. “Michael was dedicated to ensuring that all people receive equity and justice. He was an inspiration to those he worked with.”

Teasley was elected as the first white president of an NAACP student chapter at a historically black college in 2010. Before that reaching that accomplishment, he had served as the chapter’s second vice president.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, fighting for equality by conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in both the public and private sectors.

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