Whit Whitaker, the Executive Director of The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, KY, is a Gold Life Member of the NAACP, a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and a Life Member of the Military Officers Association of America. He also serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington Commission for Racial Reconciliation, is a community activist and a community volunteer, and serves on several community organizational boards.
Matthew D. Williams, is a lover, a thinker, a husband, a father, a connector, a builder, and aspires to be a bridge. He has had a plethora of lived experiences which inform the person he continues to grow into, and is currently a social work student. His passions and purpose lie in advocating for transformative change towards equitable systems and structures designed through anti-racist, anti-sexist, and green living frameworks, with respect to intersectionality; amplifying youth voices into positions of power and influence; and fighting for the prioritization of well-being over productivity in policy by way of culturally responsive self+collective care practices.
Charles Duke has been the branch secretary for more than 10 years and in that role has an immense responsibility for the administration of the branch. He got involved with the NAACP while stationed in Charleston, South Carolina with the Air Force. He had tried to purchase a home and felt discriminated against. This incident fueled his desire to be a part of an organization that addressed discrimination. Charles is now a Life Member of the NAACP and a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Vanessa Sanford joined the local chapter of the NAACP 17 years ago when she and her husband were trying to resolve a racial discrimination issue. She was an employee of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and sought help from the NAACP. She was later appointed by the Mayor’s Office to represent the city at NAACP meetings. Vanessa continues to be active in the chapter because people are still being judged by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. The NAACP began with whites and blacks working together to address racial discrimination, and Vanessa continues to passionately pursue that mission.
JoJuana Leavell-Greene is also the Community Outreach Liaison and Treasurer for the Lexington-Fayette County NAACP. She is the proud Owner/Operator of GreeneLandingKY and Nanny’s Land, growing sites of fresh produces in food desert areas. JoJuana is a Kentucky State University Alumna and is a Life Member of the NAACP and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.). Currently, JoJuana is the President of Kentucky Society of Certified Public Managers (KSCPM); Vice Chair at Community Ventures (CVC) of Kentucky, and member of Total Grace Baptist Church.
Missy Hagans is a retired educator of the Fayette County Public Schools. She first joined the NAACP when she was a student at Western Kentucky University in the early 80s. Since retiring she has focused on the needs of her community and is passionate about children receiving opportunities for excelling in education and life. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, The Links Incorporated, and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.
Immediate Past President
Abdul Muhammad realized he wanted to give back to the community at a higher level so he joined the NAACP in 2015. He is the immediate past president of the Lexington-Fayette branch which is a diverse group working toward social justice. Abdul works to uplift the African-American community, in particular when it comes to financial literacy. He is proud to join the rich history of the NAACP which continues to serve the community by helping to amplify the voices in the community that are marginalized by those in power. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Jim Thurman is a twice past president of the Lexington-Fayette branch and leads a diverse group all working toward social justice. He is a lifetime member and first joined the NAACP's youth chapter back in the 70's. While a student at Kentucky State University, he joined the adult chapter. Thurman says it's important to be a part of the NAACP because it is a vital part of bringing equality in America and is as relevant today as at its inception.