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From the Afro-American Newspapers:

BALTIMORE — Long-time civil rights icon Julian Bond has announced he will step down as national board chairman of the NAACP. He will serve out his final term through February 2009 and not seek re-election.

“This is the time for renewal. We have dynamic new leadership,” Bond said in a statement. “The country has a new president in Barack Obama; the organization has a new CEO in Benjamin Jealous; and we’ll soon have a new Chairman of the NAACP Board. The NAACP and the country are in good hands.”

The NAACP said that Bond informed board members in a letter that, although he would not run for re-election as chairman of the national board, he will remain on the board and run for re-election to the board when his three-year term ends.

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