By Johnny Jackson
Rev. Daniel Edwards, the president and a founding member of the Henry County Branch of the NAACP, was recently appointed to a two-year term as Chair of the Religious Affairs Committee of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP.
"To me, it's an honor," Edwards said. "It's an honor that they would think of you enough to appoint you to this position."
On Jan. 26, Edwards will officially be confirmed to the position as an honoree at the Georgia State Conference Inauguration of Officers and Executive Committee Members ceremony at Peaceful Holiness Church in Columbus, Ga.
"I think I bring energy and vision," Edwards said. "I consider myself a visionary. And the ultimate vision is to get the church back involved. The way to do that begins with grassroots."
Edwards' responsibilities will be to encourage involvement from religious organizations throughout the state to get them actively participating in the organization.
"What I'm learning already is that there are a lot of ministers that want to get involved in civil rights," Edwards said. "I believe the greatest venue, to this day, is the church when you want to teach the virtues of education ... I think it will increase the capacity to better educate us on issues that affect us."
Edwards needed to demonstrate success in his religion and denomination and be capable of reaching out across religions to form relationships, said Edward DuBose, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP.
"I'm excited about his appointment and his potential," DuBose said. "He has a proven record in Henry County as branch president and for moving the branch forward in terms of membership. And he has an ability to work with all of the organizations within the city.
"He's got a tough job ahead," DuBose added. "But we're confident he can handle it."