The Rev. Hilton Smith was sworn in Sunday afternoon as the new president of the Cleveland Chapter of the NAACP. The ceremony was held at the Greater Abbbysinia Baptist Church.
Smith replaces George Forbes who lead the organization for 20 years.
Smith, 66, is Senior Vice President of Community Affairs for Turner Construction Company and Associate Pastor at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland.
Smith will need to at track younger members to the 100-year-old organization, keep it financially sound and technologically up-to-date.
The Cleveland Chapter of the NAACP has 1,500 members and was established in 1912.
Founded in 1909 by W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett to fight black lynching, the NAACP is the most recognized name in the civil rights establishment with hundreds of branches.
Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.