The NAACP, America's oldest civil rights group, is replacing its president, Cornell William Brooks, and planning a "transformational retooling," according to the group's board of directors.


Brooks, who has been the president of the NAACP for three years, will not be retained once his contract is up at the end of June, the chairman and vice chair of the board of directors say.


The NAACP says the change is part of "an organization-wide refresh."


The group is changing its structure and tactics in response to what it calls "audacious challenges" and "today's volatile political, media and social climates."


Brooks has been a high-profile leader of the group, engaging in protests — even getting arrested during a sit-in.

The search for a new leader of the group will start immediately, chairman Leon Russell and vice chair Derrick Johnson told reporters on a conference call.


In the meantime, Russell and Johnson will handle day to day operations, they say, and carry out a listening tour.


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