Florida Gov. Charlie Crist became the first governor to attend the state's NAACP convention in the 64 years it has been held.
At the Gainesville convention last night, Crist praised the organization as leaders in fairness and mentioned several civil rights leaders who inspired him.
He described the impact several civil rights leaders had on his life, including Verle Davis, his high school principal and the first African-American principal at St. Petersburg High School.
The governor also mentioned his father, a member of the Pinellas County School Board who served as team doctor for St. Petersburg's Gibbs High School all-black football team in the 1960s.
Crist said he was “proud to be a lifetime member” of the organization.