The executive committee of the board of directors unanimously selected Johnson, who currently serves as vice chairman of the board.
In a statement released by the NAACP, Johnson called it "an honor and a privilege" to head the nation's oldest civil rights organization.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and we won’t waste any time getting to it," he said. "We are facing unprecedented threats to our democracy and we will not be sidelined while our rights are being eroded every day. We remain steadfast and immovable, and stand ready on the front lines of the fight for justice.”
A week ago, Johnson talked to reporters about kicking off a national listening tour in August to help the civil rights organization expand its reach, refine its message and re-energize members. [MORE]