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Lansing author Elvis Slaughter publishes book on NAACP’s first president

Moorfield an examination of Moorfield Storey’s activism and advocacy as NAACP’s first president

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 28, 2022) – Lansing resident and author Elvis Slaughter has published a biography about the first NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) president, Moorfield Storey.

Elvis Slaughter
Elvis Slaughter speaks at a prayer vigil at Lansing Village Hall in 2021. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Slaughter’s 11th book, Moorfield tells the story of the first president’s activism and civil rights work. Storey, a white lawyer, was the NAACP’s president from its founding in 1909 until his death in 1929.

“Moorfield should not be forgotten. His role in the NAACP was a courageous one,” Slaughter said. “Moorfield died the same year Martin Luther King was born, giving a good perspective on how he was a true visionary who took great risks for civil rights early.”

Moorfield is available on Amazon for $25.99.

Slaughter, a 10-year Lansing resident, is an NAACP member, criminologist, activist, and educator, and his written both fiction and nonfiction books, which are available on Amazon.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.