Wane A. Hailes Steps Down as President of Columbus Branch NAACP

Wane A. Hailes Steps Down as President of Columbus Branch NAACP

The executive committee of the Columbus branch of the NAACP announced today that they have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Wane A. Hailes as president of the Columbus Branch NAACP.

After serving as President for 3 years, Hailes has stepped down to spend more time expanding his business, The Courier Eco-Latino Newspaper, where he serves as the President/ Publisher.

Though he is resigning, Hailes wishes to continue being a voice to the community, “Serving as president of the Columbus branch of the NAACP has been a demanding and rewarding position,” says Hailes. “Although I am stepping down, please be assured that as president/ publisher of the Courier Eco Latino newspaper I will continue to strongly advocate for the rights and welfare of the African American community and racial justice issues.”

Effective immediately Melvin Tanner, current 1st vice president will assume the role and duties of president for the remainder of Hailes term which expires November of 2024.


About the Columbus Branch of the NAACP: 

The Columbus Branch of the NAACP was co-founded in 1940. Just one year prior, Dr. Thomas Brewer, a legendary local civil rights activist, had founded a chapter of the NAACP in Columbus in 1939. During his leadership, he designated Primus King, another civil rights activist, to attempt to vote in the primary election in 1944 in Muscogee County and raised the funds to fight his case in court where they later won. After his success, Dr. Brewer initiated successful black voter registration drives in Columbus, campaigned for hiring of black police officers, fought for equitable funding of black schools, the racial integration of public schools, and to integrate the golf course on Columbus’ South Commons. Today’s Branch continues to fight for equity and equality in all aspects of life, and may be reached via its website at www.naacpcolumbus.com and on social media at www.FaceBook.com/colsganaacp. Its branch office is located at The Corporate Center, 233 12th Street, Suite 515, Columbus, Ga. 31901. 

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