Tuesday, January 11, 2022

First African American nominated to head Delta authority

Corey Wiggins
President Biden has nominated Corey Wiggins, executive director of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP, to be federal co-chair of the Delta Regional Authority. If confirmed by the Senate he would be the first African American to serve as a presidential appointee at the DRA, a regional development agency serving parts of eight states from Illinois to Louisiana, according to the Delta Grassroots Caucus.

"Corey Wiggins grew up in rural Mississippi and has demonstrated a deep commitment to public service throughout his distinguished career," the caucus said in a press release. Wiggins, a native of Hazelhurst in southwest Mississippi, has a master's degree on public health with an emphasis in health policy and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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