Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson stepped down from the post on Saturday at the organization's national convention in Baltimore.
Johnson, a 38-year-old civil rights attorney and pastor from Statesboro, has been mentioned as a possible Democratic challenger for the 12th Congressional District US House seat presently held by Rick Allen (R-Augusta).
"Our nation is in crisis. This moment calls for every head, heart and hand to engage the work of ensuring that all the promises of our democracy are fulfilled," Johnson said in a release. "The upcoming election in 16 months carries consequences unlike any other mid-term in our lifetime. This election will either reinforce and sustain the path we're on -- or change it. I promise no one will work harder to turn this momentum for change into a reality."
Derrick Johnson was appointed as the Georgia NAACP's interim President and CEO. The organization will elect its next state president in October at its state convention in Augusta. The national convention will continue through Wednesday in Baltimore.