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Sandusky NAACP gets new president

Register • May 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Short on time and scarce on energy, a longtime leader at the local NAACP chapter is stepping down. 

“It is with great aggravation that I find myself resigning from my position as president of this unit,” Sandusky NAACP president Barbara Clark stated in a release. “But I find that it is the time and a necessity for me and the unit.” 

In the past two decades, Clark has served four different terms as president of the NAACP’s Sandusky chapter. In a release, the Sandusky NAACP said it was under Clark’s leadership that the civil rights organization called for the resignation of former Sandusky city manager Matt Kline, who allegedly made “racially insensitive remarks.”  

The city later fired Kline. 

Clark said she has been unable to commit the time and resources needed to move the local chapter forward. 

“Due to my work and health issues, I do not have the energy,” she stated in the release. 

Taking the helm is Sandusky native Jim Jackson, a Vietnam veteran and retiree of Delphi. Jackson is a former first vice president of the Sandusky NAACP. 

“We all regret that Barbara’s work is unable to continue, but the unit has to go on,” Jackson said. “We need to get the citizens more actively involved in the unit.

“That would be my goal — to get more participation,” Jackson said. 

Jackson is married to Marva Jackson. Together they have a blended family of six children and eight grandchildren. 

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