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Monday, March 7, 2011

28-year-old gay man elected NAACP Worcester Massachusetts chief

WORCESTER, Mass.—NAACP Worcester has elected an openly gay man as its new president as the group seeks to revive itself following five years of inactivity.
Ravi Perry, a political science professor at Clark University, was elected Saturday with a slated of new officers. The 28-year-old says he hopes that as an openly gay man he can help the storied civil rights group address long-ignored gay and lesbian issues in minority communities.
Perry also said that most on the newly elected Worcester board are 40 years of age, signaling a generational shift within the NAACP.
Perry's election marks the second time a Massachusetts NAACP chapter elected a young candidate to revive local group. In November, 42-year-old attorney Michael Curry was elected over 73-year-old ex-State Senator Bill Owens to lead the Boston chapter.


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