The NAACP's West Virginia branch has a new president for the first time in two decades.
Kenneth Hale was selected president of the state chapter of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
yesterday at the group's annual convention in Beckley.
Hale replaces James Tolbert, who served as the state chapter president for the past 20 years.
Hale is a Charleston resident who's been active in the state group for the past five years. He also served 22 years in the military and is a major in the West Virginia Air National Guard, where he works as an equal opportunity officer.