AFTER A FEUD that resulted in the ouster of the Philadelphia NAACP's longtime leader and three other officers, the local chapter has named the Rev. Carl Fitchett as its new president.
Fitchett, the group's first vice president and a former pastor of Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church in South Philadelphia, replaces J. Whyatt Mondesire, who was recently suspended by the national NAACP along with three officers who accused him of mishandling the group's finances.
According to the Rev. Gill Ford, the national NAACP's unit compliance director, Fitchett will take over with a slate of new officers: Rodney Muhammad, first vice president; Rahim Islam, second vice president; Jennifer Whitfield, third vice president; and Shirley Jordan II, assistant secretary. The state NAACP also has a new president: Dwayne Jackson.