St. Louis County NAACP Has New President

By Free Radical

New St. Louis Count NAACP head John Gaskin III.

New St. Louis Count NAACP head John Gaskin III.

On Friday, it was announced that John Gaskin III will serve as the new president of the St. Louis County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Gaskin III who is 26, replaces former legislator and long time president Esther Haywood. In accepting the position, Gaskin III, expresses his gratitude for Haywood’s leadership.

“I want to thank the Honorable Esther Haywood, because, if not for her, none of this would be possible. It was through her leadership and my parents … I got involved with the NAACP at the age of 9,” Gaskin said at a news  conference at the Chester Inn in Clayton.

Gaskin III, who is 26 works as a diversity and inclusion outreach manager for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. He is also a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

Gaskin vowed to concentrate on education, employment, and criminal justice. Particularly he plans to establish a county police affairs committee led by St. Louis County Police Lt. Col. Troy Doyle.

On the technical front, the new president plans to lean more heavily on digital forms of communications for people to register civil rights complaints to the NAACP.

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