Fair Housing Advocate elected to NAACP National Board of Directors

July 21, 1998

Contact:  Edythe Flemings Hall/ NAACP National Board of Directors
Creating Common Wealth , President/CEO
(301) 627-9763 phone (301) 627-9762

NAACP Delegates from across the country elected Edythe Flemings Hall (Member at-large) to the National Board of Directors at the 89th Annual Convention of the NAACP, in Atlanta, July 11-16, 1998.

Hall , a member of the NAACP Maryland State Housing Committee and Housing Chairperson for the Prince George’s County Branch of the NAACP, was elected to the National Board of the NAACP as an At-Large Member at the 89th Annual Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia from July 11 – 16, 1998.

NAACP Delegates from across the country chose Ms. Hall for her longstanding commitment to the Association, her visionary work as a member of the national staff, and her willingness to speak to issues of importance to women. Ms. Hall is currently President /CEO of the consulting firm Creating Common Wealth located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Creating Common Wealth, specializes in community-based public/private partnership development, organizational leadership development, and design and implementation of fair housing workshops, seminars, and study circles for communities and organizations faced with the need to develop new responses to local and regional housing policy, challenging housing conditions, shifting demographics and increased neighborhood diversity.

Hall’s campaign platform called for the development of a national education program focusing specifically on housing and lending discrimination and community reinvestment for adult branches, college chapters, and youth councils. She stated, "NAACP Units must be prepared to uniformly address incidents of discrimination in housing and lending in communities across America. The NAACP can support equal access to safe, decent, and affordable housing initiatives by developing strong working relations with enforcement agencies and increased utilization of technology designed to assist in detecting discriminatory patterns and practices."

A former national staff person and longtime volunteer of the NAACP, Edythe Hall began her service with the organization in 1988, as a volunteer in the Legal Department of the National Office. In 1989, she was hired as Administrator for Minority Business in the NAACP’s Economic Development Program. In 1991, Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks selected her to head the National Life Membership Division, a primary fundraising program of the Association. In 1995, shortly after the retirement of Dr. Hooks, Ms. Hall left the national staff, joined the local branch of Prince George’s County, Maryland as Housing Chair and began to focus exclusively on developing local and national HUD sponsored education initiatives for non-profits addressing housing /lending discrimination issues, and Community Reinvestment Act reform. Since 1995, Ms. Hall has been an strong advocate for fair housing education on the local, regional, and national level.

Ms. Hall is an active member of the Church of the Great Commission in Camp Springs, Maryland and serves on numerous Boards and Special Task Force focusing on housing issues for Women and Minorities.