Stephen T. Webb, a businessman and community activist with roots in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, has taken over as president of the Sacramento branch of the NAACP. Webb, 62, inherits a branch struggling to stay open. As of Thursday, the office phone was out of order.

Webb said he aims to professionalize the office and to raise money to bolster the bare-bones operation.

Webb ascended to the presidency of the 98-year-old branch last month with the sudden resignation of Tyrone Netters, who cited the demands of his new job. All branch presidents are volunteers.

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