The Virginia State Conference NAACP held its 84th annual convention in Richmond on Nov. 1-3 at the Hilton Short Pump Hotel and Spa. 

The state NAACP is a membership-based advocacy organization with approximately 95 Virginia branches with a unique and incomparable ability to drive change at the local, regional and national levels. 

The current political and policy climate demands that the state NAACP remains steadfast and responsive in the face of the severe challenges confronting communities of color, continued assault on voting rights, foundational threats to democracy, and all forms of injustice.

At this year’s convention, Melvin Burruss, Esq. and Pastor Greg Jones of Louisa County were elected to the executive board as at-large members. The state-elected board includes about 23 board members serving two-year terms.  

Board members are elected based on personal talents, experience, and enthusiasm for the work, and the need to represent a broad range of the state branches, and backgrounds among the overall board membership.

Burruss is a member of the Louisa County Superintendent Advisory Board and Louisa County Broadband Authority. Burruss also serves on the board of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and New Hill Development Inc. He is also a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the NAACP.

Jones is president of the Louisa County NAACP Branch. He is a member of the Louisa County School District’s Safe Schools Task Force and Parental/Community Advisory Committee. Jones serves as the pastor at Fluvanna Community Bible way Church and the owner of D&G Laundromat and D&G Cleaning Services.