Nekima Levy-Pounds is the new president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP.
She’s the founding director of the University of St. Thomas Law School’s Community Justice Project and she’s been a leader in the local Black Lives Matter movement. She’s received many awards and recognition for her work in the community and on community justice.
She ran unopposed for the position and promised new energy for the organization.
She succeeds the Rev. Jerry McAfee as president of the chapter.
When announcing her candidacy, Levy-Pounds wrote: “I am tired of politics getting in the way of justice. I am tired of people making excuses about the gaps in unemployment and education. I am tired of seeing African Americans being criminalized and unfairly punished at every hand. And I am tired of folks being comfortable with the status quo.”
It was remarkable to watch the changing of the guards take place before my very eyes. Thank you for choosing me to serve as your president of the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP!! I will not let you down!
I am blessed to know that we made history last night by electing a cabinet made up entirely of women – black women – which apparently has never happened before.