CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Today Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by the state NAACP President Sylvia Ridgeway, West Virginia Human Rights Commissioners and other local minority leaders, established the Herbert Henderson Minority Affairs Office by signing 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."
The bill is effective 90 days from passage. Within the next few months, Gov. Tomblin will appoint an executive director to lead this office from within the governor's office.
Amy Shuler Goodwin