PTA Elects 1st African-American as National Chief

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Otha Thornton became the first African-American to be elected as head of the National PTA. Up to that time; Thornton served on National PTA’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee, Membership Committee, and Executive Search Committee. During his time with Georgia PTA, Otha served on the Board of Directors as legislative chair and as an Advisory Group member for Georgia’s Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Thornton is a United States Army Veteran. His final two assignments were with both the White House Communications Agency and United States Forces-Iraq in Baghdad. Thornton received the Bronze Star Medal for his 2009-2010 operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.