Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today hailed the appointment of Lorraine Miller as interim president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She is the first woman to hold the position. Norton has worked closely with Miller, who served as a top aide to three House Speakers -- Jim Wright, Tom Foley and Nancy Pelosi -- and as former president of the NAACP Washington, D.C. Branch.
"Lorraine informed me several days ago that she was likely to take this position, and my first thought was, what a good-sense move this was by the NAACP," said Norton. "It would make even better sense if Loraine is considered to permanently head the NAACP. Her experience working with members of Congress and top leaders, all of whom sing her praises, is excellent preparation for the post Lorraine has now assumed. She has the smarts that lead her to get things done and an uncanny ability to work with people in power and the everyday citizen alike. I am cheered by Lorraine's selection, and so, I predict, will be NAACP members, many of whom know Lorraine well."