News From 1977

The Cedar Valley Times
Tuesday, July 19, 1977

Jernigan resigns post with Federation of Blind

By HARRISON WEBER
Iowa Daily Press Association

DES MOINES—(IDPA)—Kenneth Jernigan has stepped down as president of the National Federation of the Blind

Jernigan, who is director of the Iowa Commission for the Blind, said he took the action "primarily as a matter of health."

His doctor has advised him to "let up" on some of his activities.

Jernigan plans to continue as director of the state agency where he serves at the pleasure of the governor.

"I would hope that the health situation is such that it will not be necessary to resign as director." he said.

The National Federation of the Blind is the largest nationwide organization of blind people with 50,000 members. Jer­nigan has been a member of the federation's board since 1952 and has served as its president since 1968

Jernigan was reelected president of the federation last year by a unanimous vote and believes he could have been elected again this year if he had chosen to run. Instead he recommended Ralph Sanders of Maryland who was elected president at the federation's annual convention which was held earlier this month at New Orleans