Monday, May 19, 2008

Alameda Man New NAACP President

by Chris Thompson
Mon, May 19, 2008 at 7:11 AM

Well, this is exciting. The Oakland Tribune reports that Alameda resident Benjamin Jealous has been appointed the new president of the NAACP. And he's not just a local fella, but at age 35 he happens to be the youngest president in the history of the organization. Jealous has been a community organizer for all of his professional life, starting with the NAACP and moving on to Amnesty International; he now heads the Rosenberg Foundation. The choice of Jealous was a break from the NAACP's tradition of appointing older, more established figures, and may reflect the group's need to connect to younger people and revitalize its membership.

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