Columbus State Honors Georgia NAACP Leader

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Edward O. DuBose, the three-term president of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, has been selected by Columbus State University as the 2010 Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award winner.

The award, named in honor of the first African-American to enroll at Columbus State, recognizes community service and leadership. It will be presented to a state NAACP representative on behalf of DuBose tonight during CSU’s annual Black Applause Banquet starting 6:30 p.m. in the Cunningham Center. The keynote speaker is real estate broker Travis Chambers, plus outstanding local high school and CSU students will be recognized in the program.

Edward O. Dubose “I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected for the Townsend award and, if not for the Image awards, I would be there,” DuBose said from Los Angeles, where he will attend tonight’s NAACP Image Awards as a member of the association’s national board.

In July 1997, DuBose became the 16th president of the Columbus Branch NAACP and is credited for rebuilding and reorganizing the local organization. Under his leadership, the branch increased its membership by more than 50 percent in eight months, and overcame a five-year, $6,000-plus debt in just six months.

Re-elected for three terms as Columbus branch president, DuBose in October 2005, became the first individual from Columbus to serve as NAACP president at the state level.

Subsequently, DuBose was selected to the NAACP National Board, while he continues to serve on The Columbus Times newspaper executive committee and the Columbus Democratic Party Committee. He also is a member of the Rainbow Push Coalition, Urban League and American Civil Liberties Union.

DuBose completed 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1998 as a sergeant first class. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and operates Oxygen Mental Health Counseling Services. The company provides in-home counseling to at-risk youth and families throughout Georgia. He also is a member of Phenix City’s Multi-Needs and Multi-Disciplinary committees, comprised of representatives of various agencies in the human services field. His activities in the counseling field extend to memberships with the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.

A longtime Columbus resident, DuBose and his wife, Cynthia, have three daughters.