Sad news to report
Michael Teasley, a white student who became the first white president of an NAACP student chapter at a HBCU, was found dead in his apartment on Monday. He was 40 years old.
Teasley was elected to his unlikely position at Jackson State, in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2010.
“I’m doing the exact same thing that other people were murdered for in the 1960s,” he told the Jackson Free Press in 2011. I started out registering people to vote, and I got to be president of the organization…and I don’t have to worry about being murdered. it’s like a breath of fresh air.”
He said that he became interested in the NAACP because of its economic concerns. “I saw back then the gap between the wealthy and the poor, which was widening with the help of things like the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy,” he told the Free Press. “It was all economics with the NAACP. Also, the NAACP was the most prevalent organization on campus that was doing the most work on voter registration and economic awareness — and even teen-pregnancy prevention and the prevention of violence against women — issues that I’m very passionate about anyway.”
The cause of his death is still unknown.
Rest in peace Brother Teasley; may your work and the efforts you put forth continue in the right direction.