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Derrick is the President of the NAACP. Previously Derrick was the driving force behind One Voice, working tirelessly with local elected officials, philanthropic community and local stakeholders to make sure voices often neglected in Mississippi get heard. Derrick served as State President for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP from 2004 – 2017. He earned his Jurist Doctorate Degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. He serves on the boards of the Mississippi ACLU, the Advisory Council of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. The Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Derrick as a Commissioner to the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission. He also served as a Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC, working in the office of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson and as a Fellow with The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management Minority Fellowship Program. Currently, he is a Mel King Fellow in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning.