2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
The Albuquerque Division honors Harold Bailey for his notable service in the area of civil rights. Mr. Bailey’s four decades of leadership, his enduring relationship with the FBI, and his emphasis on building coalitions to improve the lives of all Americans—regardless of race—have made him a positive agent for change in New Mexico.
Mr. Bailey served as the NAACP chapter president from 2000 to 2003. He resumed the volunteer post in January 2013 after eight years as executive director of the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs under the administrations of Governors Bill Richardson and Susana Martinez. Mr. Bailey has been a staunch advocate of youth programs, increased voter registration, enhanced diversity among managers and teachers in public and higher education, and support systems to help African-American prison inmates reintegrate into society after they are released. The goal, he says, is to convince people to be “change agents” in their communities.
Mr. Bailey has served on the Albuquerque FBI Division’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and has met with the division’s executive management on a periodic basis regarding civil rights.