NAACP president to step down

Benjamin Jealous is credited with boosting organizations finances, outreach
Associated Press
Sep 9, 2013

 

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, who is credited with boosting the finances and outreach of the nation's largest civil rights organization, said Sunday that he plans to step down at the end of the year.

The Baltimore-based group said that its rosters of online activists and donors have grown tremendously during his five-year tenure. Jealous was the group's youngest-ever leader when he was hired as its president at age 35 in 2008.

In a written statement Sunday, Jealous, now 40, said he plans to pursue teaching at a university and wants to spend time with his young family.

"The NAACP has always been the largest civil rights organization in the streets, and today it is also the largest civil rights organization online, on mobile and at the ballot box too," Jealous said. "I am proud to leave the association financially sound, sustainable, focused, and more powerful than ever."

Jealous plans to step down on Dec. 31. His departure plans were first reported by USA Today.

Jealous told the newspaper he also plans to start a political action committee to raise money to elect diverse progressive candidates to public office, though not necessarily only Democrats. During President Barack Obama's first campaign, Jealous said he teamed with others to create a fundraising group that raised $10 million to help elect the first black president.

Jealous is credited with improving the NAACP's finances and donor base over the past five years. The group said its donors have increased from 16,000 people giving each year to more than 132,000.

During his tenure, the NAACP also has embraced gay marriage rights in a historic vote to endorse same-sex marriage in May 2012. "Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law," the group said, citing the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.

Jealous told The Associated Press recently that a broader coalition is needed to fight the civil rights battles of the 21st century.

"Last century we needed lawyers; this century we need big, broad coalitions," he said. "When extremists decide to attack all our communities, they must hope that there will be infighting. But we have stood all for one and one for all. That is how we will win."

An NAACP spokesman said Jealous was not available for an interview until a formal announcement on Monday.

Jealous began his career as a community organizer in Harlem with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He was suspended from Columbia University in New York City after organizing student protests and went on to work as a reporter for the Jackson Advocate newspaper in Mississippi.

Jealous has led the NAACP to advocate against "stop-and-frisk" police tactics and stand-your-ground laws following the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. He has also fought to abolish the death penalty at the state level.

NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock accepted Jealous' resignation in the past week. She said the group would continue its fight to restore part of the Voting Rights Act that was recently struck down by the Supreme Court, as well as work to boost its civic engagement efforts and ensure that black Americans are able to obtain health insurance under the nation's health care overhaul.

Brock thanked Jealous for his service.

"Under his leadership, the NAACP has built a highly competent staff that will carry our mission forward and meet the civil rights challenges of the 21st century," she said. "Our board, staff and volunteer leaders throughout the country deeply appreciate his sacrifice and will continue to implement our game-changing goals for the next half century."

 

Comments

Sandusksquach

Jealous to be replaced by Avarice Envy.

Truth2u

NAACP, Started by the Republicans.... Yep, and the Democrats lured their members away with 'candy' money and handouts.

"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy."

Ben Franklin's prophetic statements.

Pterocarya frax...

Ben Franklin???? Really?

I suggest you do some research about the origin of that quote. Actually 2 separate quotes. The first one was first attributed to Franklin in 1988. There is no historical written record before then with attribution to Franklin. The second quote has been attributed to many different people, including Toqueville, Tyler, Tytler, etal. This is first I have ever seen it attributed to Franklin. The first time that quote appears in print is in 1951.

But hey, if it makes you feel better to use made up quotes to make up lies, then go right ahead. That is just one of the things that makes this country so great....that you can get away with that.

margaritaville88

Just stop your racist agenda...thank you ! It is ok to wear black power t-shirts in the workplace though..really..get a life

santown419

And you stop yours with you I hate blacks talk

Stop It

Another *Sparkling Wiggle*. Bye, bye..

KnuckleDragger

I find it ironic that the NAACP endorses gay marriage, a position that goes against the grain of most black Americans. Polls have showed that that the rank and file are against gay marriage, and an even higher number shun homosexuality.

santown419

Why are you surprised? Everyone isn't full of hate as you. Anybody that doesn't look like you or share your hate and lies you dislike. They are also known for being with the Jewish league on but according to you and the other cowards who are on this racist be they hate whites.

KnuckleDragger

Oh boy, I'm so glad I found the most ignorant poster and they latched on to me like a baby to a nipple. Come back dunce when you have a firm grasp of the english language and can form an intelligible sentence.

Pterocarya frax...

The NAACP is against discrimination in all forms. The leaders realize gay marriage bans are discrimination...period...despite what the leaders of those black christian churches are teaching their flocks.

deertracker

GI Joe, stop acting like you are an expert on black culture. You have no clue, AS USUAL!

Contango

Re: "black culture."

Other than made up BS, WTF is "black culture"?

Most Africans I've known resented being confused with American blacks who found them crude, rude and ignorant.

H*ll even Oprah Winfrey sent her money to help educate Africans because American blacks didn't appreciate it.

deertracker

Why are Black Americans suppose to care what Africans think of them? They don't! Oprah's intent is to educate African girls so they can become leaders in Africa. You are soooooooooooo lost!

Contango

Re: "Why are Black Americans suppose to care what Africans think of them?"

Again: 'Cause so much so-called "black culture" is Americanized BS.

So do you support black reparations Bambie?

KnuckleDragger

Why pay attention to deertrack, he is a white boy trying to be black. He has no clue about black culture. He is just a whitey walking around town with droopy drawers and his ball cap on backwards. He thinks he is an expert because he married a black woman. He is really just clueless.

Pterocarya frax...

Pray tell, what did I get wrong about "black culture"?

When the Coalition of African-American Pastors publicly attacks the NAACP, I think I pretty much nailed it:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

KnuckleDragger

LOL. More ignorance from the the white wannabe brother. Hate to tell ya buddy, just because you married a black lady doesn't make you an expert either. You haven't walked a mile in her shoes, heck you are too ignorant to even walk a mile in your own. Do a little research and you will find the polls that show African Americans against gay marriage. One doesn't need to be an expert in so called "black culture" to figure it out, you ignoramus.

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The Hero Zone

I ask as I do appreciate your opinion: Would the organization perhaps be more attractive or relevant then if it were the National Association for the Advancement of [Civil] People?

The color of one's skin is a divisive barrier for some/irrelevant to many and often times when invoked has one's message polarized regardless of factual content. With as broad a civil base as they claim to serve ("claim" isn't meant to be contentious, I just don't know and can only go off the story content) this would attract more people to participate in civil issues rather than having it be about race.

I would be interested in seeing if Mr. Jealous's PAC truly does support lower-case-p progressive candidates that aren't always Democrats. That is said with optimism and trust. There is a LOT of opportunity there to get the next generation on board with this who want to advance a society but reject party-ism. I hope it isn't just a smokescreen or disingenuous offer that will only elect anyone with a (D) after their name. Only time will tell, I suppose.

Contango

Re: "But we have stood all for one and one for all."

Reads like the credo of authoritarians.

AJ Oliver

Some of ya are blinded by your racism to the fact that NOBODY gets more "welfare" than the ONE PERCENT !!

Contango

Re: "NOBODY gets more 'welfare' than the ONE PERCENT !!"

Marxist pap.

So EXACTLY which federal subsidies, tax deductions and credits do you want eliminated; home mortgage deduction, deduction of state and local income taxes, et. al.?

And h*ll, “poor” Americans live better than the vast majority of people in the world.

Whinny, spoiled rotten Americans.

I agree with the philosophy of Booker T. Washington NOT W.E.B. Du Bois from which the NAACP mentality stems.

OMG.LOL.WT_

Whinny like a horse? Neigh. Methinks you mean whiney.

deertracker

I guess if it doesn't come on the first or the third it's not welfare. You are losing it pooh!

Contango

Re: "it's not welfare."

Plenty of pandering and vote buyin' has been goin' for decades with taxpayers' (and borrowed) money by both parties Bambie.

Contango

Anyone happen to read what liberal god, Robt. Kennedy, Jr. wrote in his diary about Jackson and Sharpton? Funny!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

The Big Dog's back

Off topic contwisted.

coasterfan

It's very telling that conservatives always have to go into the archives in an attempt to prove a point. When you take a false quote from Benjamin Franklin and a 45-year-old quote from RFK, and attempt to apply it to the current issue, it's just silly. Both lived in a different time and had no knowledge of America in 2013. Franklin, for one, could have never envisioned the 2013 TeaParty, who completely besmirch the name of the true patriots who led Colonial America.

deertracker

Agreed!

KnuckleDragger

^^This from someone who tries to pass off his opinion as fact. We know why you are an ex-teacher, because you lacked the ability to attain highly qualified status to keep you job. The more you comment, the more your ignorance shows.

santown419

This from one who is a ignorant and will lie for no reason whatsoever about their job.

Contango

Re: "always have to go into the archives in an attempt to prove a point. "

Kinda like you continually stuck in the "blame Bush" mental time warp? :)

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Re: "45-year-old quote from RFK"

2001 is 45 yrs. ago???

So which parts of the diary excerpts should be ignored, the positive or the negative?

Better read it AGAIN "Teach."

http://nypost.com/2013/09/09/dia...

Perkins2060

Don't worry. Vladimir Putin has our back.

shucks

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OMG.LOL.WT_

We needs a National Association for the Advancement of Poor White Trash!
NAAPWT

KnuckleDragger

They would compliment the NAACP, same mentality.

santown419

We do the Klan and knucklehead is running for president