Magazine article The Crisis

Leslie E.redmond President Minneapolis Branch

Magazine article The Crisis

Leslie E.redmond President Minneapolis Branch

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Leslie E. Redmond joined the NAACP just a few months after the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

"Growing up, I was aware of the organization but wasn't involved," said Redmond, a graduate of Barry University in Miami.

In March 2018, at age 26, the Washington, D.C., native became the youngest president in the history of the Minneapolis Branch.

But Redmond never planned on taking on a leadership role. After becoming a member, she thought she would just join a committee. While serving on the criminal justice committee, she was asked to chair the education committee, then she was asked to serve as vice president of the branch.

When the Minneapolis Branch president Nekima Levy Armstrong ran for mayor, Redmond stepped up.

"Being president was never my aspiration," said Redmond, who at press time was preparing to sit for the Minnesota Bar in July. "For me, it's about serving people."

In 2017 the website 24/7 Wall Street ranked Minnesota the second worst state in the United States for racial equality. One of the first things Redmond did when she took office was host an open house.

"I let them know the branch is only as good as the membership," said Redmond. "It's a struggle for me to continue as president and I need your help to do it. Fifty people joined that night."

Redmond's presidency has been guided by a platform based on the three C's: communication, collaboration and compassion.

The Minnesota Branch's collaboration with ACLU Minnesota on Warrant Resolution Day resulted in an estimated 1,500 misdemeanor warrants being cleared. …

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