Minister Edward O. DuBose was born in Atlanta Georgia, the third oldest of ten children to Carnell and Margie DuBose. Minister DuBose received his early education through the Atlanta Public School system, graduating from Harper High School in June 1976. He joined the United States Army on March 21, 1977, where he would go on to complete 21 years of honorable service, retiring March 21, 1998.
He has an Associate Degree in General Education, an Associate and Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology.
In addition, Minister DuBose is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Anger Management Specialist, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. He is also registered as a Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute resolution and has received certificates in Civil as well as Family and Domestic Relations Mediation.
Minister DuBose is the Owner of Everlasting Peace Counseling and Support services which provide mental health counseling to at-risk youth and families throughout the state of Georgia and Alabama.
He served seven years as President of the Columbus Georgia Branch NAACP, eight years as President of the Georgia State Conference NAACP and was recently re-elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors for a 4thterm in February 2018.
He is the first Georgia State Conference NAACP President in its 69-year history to be elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors.
A few of Minister Edward O. DuBose many accomplishments include:
- Organized and lead the largest protest march in Columbus Georgia History (MLK Holiday observance, January 2005) – rallying over 15,000 people to call for justice for the shooting death of Kenneth Walker.
- Organized and led the Douglas County Georgia Branch NAACP in conducting the first protest March in the county history rallying over 5000 people which resulted in Genarlow Wilson being freed from prison in a National Case that became known as the Douglasville six.
- Under Minister DuBose leadership three individuals serving life sentences and two serving over 10 years were all freed in less than eight years (Genarlow Wilson, Carolyn Brown, William Jonathon Mayo, John McNeil, Nathan Dwight, and Lathan Word)
- Minister DuBose Led the Georgia State Conference NAACP along with other organizations in securing a lawsuit Settlement from the Georgia Secretary of State Office (2006) allowing organizations to continue registering voters
- He also Led the Georgia State Conference NAACP in securing a landmark Voter Registration lawsuit settlement (2012) against the State of Georgia to ensure that voter registration is offered to all public assistance/low-income applicants.
Minister DuBose has received numerous awards for his work as a Civil Rights leader. Some of these awards include but are not limited to the following:
- Chosen by the Courier Eco Latino Magazine Editorial Board as one of its awardees in its first annual Edition of WHO’S Who of African American & Hispanics community (2019)
- E3 Magazine 4thAnnual Spirit of Excellence Humanitarian Award 2015
- Named Georgia Informers 2013 Man of the year
- Columbus Georgia NAACP 2013 President’s Award
- Cobb County Georgia NAACP 2013 Community Service Award
- At&t 2012, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legend Award.
- Selected by Columbus State University as the 2010 Dr Townsend Achievement award winner
- Named one of Georgia’s 16 most Influential Blacks in South Georgia 2010 Men’s Progressive Club Man of the Year award 2009
- Cobb County Georgia Branch NAACP 2008 Presidents award,
- Liberty County Georgia NAACP Branch 2009 President’s award
- Liberty County Georgia NAACP Branch 2008, Image award.
- Augusta Georgia Branch NAACP 2008 Drum Major for Justice Award
- The Courier Eco Latino 2008 Community Service award.
- Debouch Chapter of the American Business Women Association Business Associate Award for outstanding service to the Community 2007
- Named one of Georgia’s 50 most Influential Men of 2007, by the Georgia Informer.
- Augusta Georgia NAACP Branch 2007 President’s Award
- 3-time Georgia State Conference President’s Award recipient (2003, 2004, and 2005)
- Kelly M. Alexander Sr. Memorial 2004 Leadership Award
- Columbus Georgia Branch NAACP 2002 leadership award
- Georgia American Civil Liberties Award (ACLU) 2002
- 7thAnnual Malcolm X Leadership award 2001
Minister DuBose is married to Cynthia DuBose – his wife of 35 years. They have three beautiful daughters Cynthia Harris, Casonya Glover, and Kimberly DuBose.