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NAACP selects Virginia lawyer, minister as new leader

Takes position at troubled time for rights group

WASHINGTON — The NAACP, which has been under interim leadership since its president resigned six months ago, has chosen Cornell William Brooks as its next leader. Brooks, a lawyer and ordained minister, has no national profile but ran for Congress as a Democrat in Northern Virginia in 1998.

He is executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, based in Newark, but commutes between that state and the Washington area, where he has a home in Prince William County, Va., and is an associate minister of Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in Hyattsville, Md.

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