NAACP president Kweisi Mfume says he needs a break.
Mfume is stepping down after nine years as president of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights group to spend more time with his family.
Mfume says he's in good health, and denies that his decision had to do with an internal struggle in the group.
He says he's not going to do anything for awhile before finding another challenge. Mfume is 56, and was a congressman from Maryland before taking over at the NAACP in 1996.
NAACP legal counsel Dennis Hayes will serve as interim president during the search for a new leader.