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GAAAP Pres: We can't stay in NAACP

Dr. John Marshall and others have formed a new group, God's Army for the Advancement of All People Dr. John Marshall and others have formed a new group, God's Army for the Advancement of All People
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Dr. John Marshall used to be a Sumter County chapter leader in the Georgia NAACP, but that was before an acrimonious split with the state organization that just happened.

Marshall says that the group that used to be the local NAACP chapter has formed a new group, named God's Army for the Advancement of All People.

He says the reason for the defection is that the state organization, led by President Edward Dubose, "Seems to be intent on destroying the local organizations."

Marshall said that the final straw was a demand by Dubose that the Americus Chapter immediately pay a $6,000 debt that Dubose told him was owed to the state organization.

"He told me that we had owed this since 2009 or 2010, and that he wanted a check immediately for the full amount. I told him that it was odd that it took him four years to request the money, but he wants it paid in full right this minute."

Marshall said they wanted to work out a payment plan because writing a check the large would crush the chapter. He pointed out that the Americus Chapter sent almost $10,000 to the national organization last year, and the state received a cut of that money.

He says that at least half a dozen local NAACP Chapters, including the Albany chapter, have serious problem with the state NAACP and with Dubose in particular. He says that the Albany chapter was essentially shut down, and President William Wright was tossed out last year over similar grievances.

Marshall said that seven branches have joined to file what's called an Article 10 grievance with the national office over how Dubose has steered the Georgia organization. He said that Dubose complained to him that the Sumter County chapter "was not in compliance with NAACP rules."

Marshall said, "I told him that the state level is out of compliance to a much higher degree than Sumter County, which was celebrated as the top chapter in the nation last year in Houston for new member growth."

Marshall said the new organization dropped the word "colored" from its name, because they have many white members, and want to be inclusive of all people. 

God's Army for the Advancement of All People will hold its banquet Saturday evening at 6:00 at South Georgia Technical College in Americus.

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