Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Local NAACP President now MS Interim State Conference President

After attending the National NAACP Convention in Baltimore, MD, July 22-26, 2017, Charles Hampton returned as the Interim President of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP whose office is in Jackson, MS. 

He filled the position of the previous president Derrick Johnson who became Interim National President and CEO. The theme this year is ‘Steadfast and Immovable’. Basically, that is what these two Mississippians have proven to be.

Charles R. Hampton, Sr. is a 1966 graduate of Louisville Colored High School. Immediately after graduating, he traveled to Milwaukee, WI and found employment with the A. O. Smith Corp. Mr. Hampton retired after thirty years of service with the AO Smith Corp. which later became Tower Automotive. While in Milwaukee, he was an Executive Committee member of Smith Steele Workers Union, executive board member of the A.O. Smith Credit Union and Executive Committee member of the Milwaukee Branch NAACP. After retiring in 1998, he returned to his home town of Louisville, MS. He married his childhood sweetheart Carolyn Rash-Hampton. They are the proud parents of two children and grandparents of four. Their daughter is a 1st grade school teacher and their son is a captain with the Atlanta Police Department; both graduates of Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

Mr. Hampton was appointed by Governor Ronnie Musgrove to serve as a member of the Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation on February 24, 2003. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizen Academy. Mr. Hampton is a member of Mt. Sinai M. B. Church where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Currently, he is a board member of the American Red Cross, serves as President of the Winston County Branch NAACP and was 1st Vice-President of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP.

Mr. Hampton stressed that as president, he wants to make sure that the MS State Conference NAACP come together with other organizations and churches to continue to implement the programs that are in place: Education, Political Action, Health, Criminal Justice, Civic Engagement, Environmental and Climate Justice, and Economic Opportunity. He stated, “We will continue to be a voice for those who feel that they can’t speak for themselves. We are willing to work with anyone, or any organization that is about coming together for love and peace.”

For more information, please see or contact Charles Hampton, 662.803-0635