More ‘Diversity’ for New NAACP, Including Homosexual Chapter Leaders

By Staff | March 23, 2011 | 6:42 AM EDT

Worcester, Mass. (AP) - Founded more than a century ago to promote black equality, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is seeing remarkable diversity in its leadership ranks. It's the result of an aggressive effort over the past four or five years to boost NAACP membership and broaden the civil rights organization's agenda to confront prejudice in its many forms.

The NAACP's Worcester, Mass. chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson State University chapter recently turned to a 30-something white man.

The Worchester president calls it "the new NAACP," a human rights organization obliged to fight discrimination at all levels.