Monday, April 09, 2012

WV Office of Minority Affairs signed into law

On April 5, 2012 the Herbert Henderson Minority Affairs Office was created in West Virginia as the Governor signed House Bill 4015. "Herb Henderson, a Huntington attorney, was a mentor to many. He was a civil rights leader in the 1960's, and was elected president of the West Virginia NAACP in addition to working nationally with the organization," said Gov. Tomblin. "I know Mr. Henderson would be proud of our joint effort to establish this new office, so we can better address the needs of all people. This office, and the Minority Affairs Fund, will open a dialogue on issues that affect minorities in West Virginia, make recommendations on how we can improve life here, and provide funding for programs that work to serve our minority groups' needs." Within the next few months, the governor is expected to appoint an executive director to lead this office from within the governor's office.

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