Phyllis Thomas Blake, Life Member
President, NAACP, Georgia State Conference
Mrs. Phyllis Thomas Blake, President, NAACP Georgia State Conference, was elected as President, January 27, 2018. She was elected as 1st Vice-President in 2015 and ascended to President on July 22, 2017. Mrs. Blake served as Political Action Committee Chairman in 2014-2015. In 2012, Mrs. Blake was contracted by the National NAACP Corporate Office as the Georgia Civic Engagement Coordinator. Georgia was one of the 12 Deep-Dive states that the NAACP identified to implement its “This Is My Vote Campaign!” This Campaign built the largest voter registration and mobilization campaign in the Association history. Under Mrs. Blake’s leadership, the Georgia Campaign added over 50,000 voters to the rolls and mobilized over 100,000 plus voters to vote. Georgia ranked #2 out of the 12 Deep Dive states for voter registration and mobilization. Mrs. Blake has secured grants for GOTV funding and mobilization throughout the years. Mrs. Blake was hired as the NAACP Southeast Region Census Manager in 2010 where she coordinated the seven (7) southeastern states campaign to identify the “Hard to Count” citizens to insure that they were counted.
In 2006, Mrs. Blake was elected as Fayette County NAACP Branch President. One major civil rights discrimination complaint during her administration was the high percentage of Black children being transferred to Foster Care via the Fayette County Division of Child and Family Services (DFCS). As a result, the Branch convened a Forum where Richard Wexler, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) claimed, “Fayette County may be the child removal capital of America.” With the assistance of State Rep. Virgil Fludd, the Branch addressed this major issue with the Governor and DFCS officials resulting in a state appointed official termination and the local DFCS head retirement. Subsequent to the changes, statistics for transferring children to Foster Care greatly decreased for Fayette County. Mrs. Blake states this was one of her major accomplishments during her administration. Under her administration the Unit received the Julius C. Hope Branch Activity Award at the NAACP State Conference Convention. Mrs. Blake received the Fayette Community Service Award. Mrs. Blake was appointed as District Coordinator of the Metro Atlanta Branches, and in 2011 Elected as 3rd Vice President of the Georgia State Conference. Mrs. Blake served as chair of the 2011 GSC Convention. Among the numerous NAACP awards she received was the Richard Harris Political Action Award.
Mrs. Blake, a charter member of the Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Incorporated served as its third President. Mrs. Blake also served her sorority on the Regional Level as Cluster V Coordinator and the Georgia Connection Coordinator. While serving as President, the chapter received numerous awards and in 1998 and 1999, Mrs. Blake received back-to-back South Atlantic Regional (FL, GA & SC) First Place Homie Regulus President Awards for her leadership.
Mrs. Blake, a Licensed Insurance Agent provides Life and Health Insurance as well as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt package consultation. Mrs. Blake retired as a Software Engineer from Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), where she was outsourced by BellSouth to EDS. However, she managed to retire from Bellsouth as an IT Staff Analyst.
Over the years Mrs. Blake has received many awards for her leadership in community service and the corporate arena; included being selected as the Senior Girl Leader to represent the state of South Carolina at an Avon Sponsored Leadership conference in Washington, DC where she and Girl Scout Leaders and Senior Girl Scouts were hosted at a Reception in the White House Gold Room by First Lady Nancy Reagan. Her most recent awards are the Unsung Hero Award presented in 2015 by the Atlanta Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, in 2017 having an AKA Cluster V Connection Award named in her honor, the Phyllis Thomas Blake Excellence in Civic Engagement Award and in 2018 the Woman of Courage Award presented by the West Central Georgia Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Club, Inc. Mrs. Blake is a Charter Member of the Atlanta Chapter of Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and a member of the Atlanta Unit of Parliamentarians of NAP.
Mrs. Blake, the mother two daughters, Mrs. Sharmyn Blake-Booker, Houston, TX and Ms. Phyllisa Blake, Atlanta, is the widow of the late Richard E. Blake. Mrs. Blake earned a BBA Degree from Texas Southern University in Accounting. Mrs. Blake loves to travel; she has traveled to England, France, South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and over 40 states. In her civic engagement facilitation of voter registration drives and voter mobilization strategies, she reflects on the quote of W. E. B. DuBois, NAACP Founder, "The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense, else what shall save us from a second slavery?” In her Civil Rights Activism, she reflects on the quote of Rev. Dr. M.L. King, Jr. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Mrs. Blake attends South Metro Ministries Church of God and serves on its Prayer Team. Mrs. Blake firmly believes Philippians 4:13, she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.
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