Monday, March 10, 2014
Otis Franklin, Branch President of The Williamsburg County NAACP, and his wife, Nora, shook hands and hugged with everyone within arms reach during the Annual Black History Banquet. Needless to say, it was a bitter sweet and emotional moment for Franklin as he announced his retirement. "This is my final term as chairman and as you can see, I saved my best (work, members, donations, sponsors, musicians, chefs, banquets, guests, friends, speakers) for last," said Franklin.
In his remarks, Franklin attested his wife had been the person who was his primary impetus and moving force to his long tenure as Chairman. Those who have been on the Civil Rights journey with the Franklins concur. During Franklin's near twenty year stint at the helm, he made more tough decisions, made more phone calls, pleaded, prayed, and spent more sleepless nights than most to help organize what he calls the greatest organization in the world.
While considering the talents and abilities at the banquet, Franklin assessed and understood that his influence would still be needed in the future. He closed by saying he was a Life Member of the NAACP and that he would still make himself available to help the new management. Franklin who is small in stature will leave figuratively colossal shoes to fill. His position will become vacant in October.