William Gibson (NAACP)
Dr. William Gibson (1933–2002) was an African American dentist who served as chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1985 to 1995.
Gibson was a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and Meharry Medical College. He served as president of the NAACP's regional branch in Greenville, South Carolina before succeeding Margaret Bush Wilson as national chairperson. As chair, he encouraged voter registration and worked to increase economic opportunities for African Americans. However, his handling of finances was controversial, and the NAACP found itself with a $4 million deficit in 1995. That year, NAACP board members voted 30-29 to replace Gibson with Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Evers.
Gibson died of cancer at the age of 69.
- Juliette Fairley. "A martyr's wife steps forward: can Myrlie Evers-Williams restore the NAACP's credibility?". Black Enterprise. May 1995.
- Phil W. Petrie. "William Gibson remembered by national leaders". The New Crisis. Jul/Aug. 2002.
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