Mrs. Deane Bonner, President
Dean Bonner has been a resident of Marietta, Cobb County, since 1971. She has been a member of the NAACP since 1960 and a Life Member since 1980. Deane Bonner is a member on the National Presidential Council and a Para-legal graduate of Kennesaw State University. Deane is the wife of retired Air Force officer, Jesse Bonner. They are the proud parents of two children and have seven grandchildren.
Under her leadership, the Cobb County NAACP has been very active in the community, politically and academically. Some of their accomplishments include: the Annual Education Forum, daily voter registration, host political forums, meet with city and local school, police, and civic organizations. The Afro-Academic Cultural Technological & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) has also been implemented. As a way to ensure continuous improvement in the school systems, the Cobb County branch of the NAACP monitors the city and county school systems as part of the ongoing Civil Rights suit with the Department of Education. We also have formed partnerships with local churches and other organizations.
The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States
The NAACP is committed to achievement through non-violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts, and is persistent in the use of legal and moral persuasion even in the face of overt and violent racial hostility.
The NAACP was formed in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to helping to right social injustices. On February 12, over the signatures of 60 persons, the "Call" was issued for a meeting on the concept of creating an organization that would be an aggressive watchdog of Negro liberties. This event marked the founding of the NAACP. The New York Evening Post backed the organization.
Mary White Ovington, Dr. Henry Moscowitz, Oswald Garrison Villiard, William English Walling, Ida Wells-Barnett and W.E.B. DuBois led the "Call" to renew the struggle for civil and political liberty.
The NAACP is a network of more than 2,200 branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and Germany. They are divided into seven regions and are managed and governed by a National Board of Directors. The NAACP is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Total membership exceeds 500,000. LEADERSHIP: Kweisi Mfume is the President and Chief Executive Officer and the official spokesperson for the NAACP. The Chairman of the Board is Mr. Julian Bond.