NAACP national president Derrick Johnson at podium during a Sept. 2017 visit to the NAACP Houston Branch's headquarters. Photo by Aswad Walker.

As new threats to communities of color continue to flare up daily, the NAACP has named Derrick Johnson as president.

Johnson, a NewsOne Op-ed contributor, has held the interim position since July, replacing  Cornell William Brooks. Johnson and Leon Russell, NAACP board chairman, spoke with reporters on a conference call Saturday about the appointment.

Johnson said he is eager to take up the mantle of the 108-year-old organization  civil rights organization “as it re-envisions itself to take on a tumultuous and contentious social and political climate.”

Russell said Johnson has proven himself as a strong and decisive leader.

“With new threats to communities of color emerging daily and attacks on our democracy, the NAACP must be more steadfast than ever before, and Derrick has the vision, mobility and courage to help us meet that demand,” Russell said in a statement.

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