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New president elected for the NAACP Tri-State Conference

Pastor Richard Pittman Sr. has been elected president of the NAACP territory that includes Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Pittman was elected president of the Tri-State Conference, which consists of seven local chapters of the NAACP: the Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul and Sioux Falls, SD chapters.

The Tri-State Area Conference coordinates activities and communications among the seven chapters and is the regional liaison to the national NAACP headquarters, according to a news release Friday.

In his new role as president, Pittman will serve on and chair the conference’s executive committee.

According to the notice announcing his election, Pittman was the founder of the House of Praise Church of God in Christ in St. Paul for the past 30 years. He has also been assistant pastor of a congregation of 2,500 people for twelve years.

“His calling has been to preach the gospel and serve our community in every way possible,” the release said.

Pittman has served on the conference executive committee and the St. Paul NAACP for the past decade, serving as religious chairman, public safety and criminal justice chairman and president of the St. Paul Roy Wilkins NAACP Chapter. He was recently re-elected chairman of the St. Paul chapter. He is also a member of the Elderly Council and several other community boards.

For the past three years, Pittman, along with others working with the NAACP, has worked to help create an addendum to a 23-year-old agreement between the NAACP and the St. Paul Police Department, which covers police policy, on the body worn cameras, training and use of force. He has also worked with the St. Paul Chapter Education Committee in its efforts to “end acts of systemic racism, social injustice, and discrimination against students of color.”