State NAACP: ‘Opp branch is not in compliance’

Published 5:26 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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The president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP says the Opp branch of the NAACP is not in compliance with the state nor national standards.

President Benard Simelton reached out to The Andalusia Star-News Tuesday afternoon saying, “The Alabama NAACP want to inform the people of Covington County that the Opp Branch is not in compliance with State nor National Compliance Standards and therefore is not authorized to conduct meetings, conduct speaking engagements, or other activities in the name of the NAACP.”

Simelton said the NAACP is asking those who have questions about the NAACP or interested in joining the NAACP or seek the assistance of the NAACP, to please contact the State NAACP Office via email at or go to our website,  Simelton further stated that, “we have become aware of a previous Officer speaking on behalf of the Opp NAACP and that is not authorized.  We are working to reestablish the Branch and look forward to having it back in compliance later this year.”

To reactivate, the Branch will need 50 to 100 members whose membership is current as of activation date.  The Branch under the supervision of the Alabama NAACP will also need to conduct an election in which they elect President, up to 3VPs, Secretary, Asst Secretary, Treasurer and Asst Treasurer as well as 12-15 members of the Executive Committee at Large.  The request to reactivate will need to be approved by the National Board of Directors of which Simelton is a National Board Member.