Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Nashville NAACP head resigns, cites 'philosophical differences' with state leadership

NAACP Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The president of the Nashville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has resigned his post effective immediately.

In a Facebook post made Sunday night, Keith Caldwell announced he was ending his term early due to what he called “a series of philosophical differences” with NAACP State Conference President Gloria Sweet-Love.

Sweet-love is located in Chattanooga where the Tennessee NAACP has its headquarters.

The move by President Caldwell comes as protesters have repeatedly filled Nashville streets in recent days to decry the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police nationwide. 

Caldwell lists a number of accomplishments for his tenure, including the formation of a community oversight panel for the Nashville Police Department.

Caldwell concluded “I am thankful for the staggering success that the branch has experienced under my administration. I am thankful that the branch has been able to reclaim its historic image and relevance.”

The local NAACP chapter says on its webpage that the Nashville branch was formed in 1910.