BENJAMIN JEALOUS, Civil and Human Rights Leader and former NAACP President
Benjamin T. Jealous made history in 2008 when he became the youngest person to serve as president of the NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization. He began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. A builder of robust coalitions, Jealous' leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights and convincing well known conservatives to join the NAACP in championing the end of mass incarceration. He stepped down from his post at the end of 2013.
Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer. While at Mississippi's Jackson Advocate newspaper his investigations were credited with exposing corruption at the state penitentiary at Parchman and proving the innocence of a black farmer who was being framed for arson. While at Amnesty International, he led successful efforts to outlaw prison rape, expose the increasing trend of children being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and draw attention to expanded racial profiling in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. While in college, he helped lead a successful campaign to stop the governor of Mississippi from turning a public historically black university into a prison.
7:30 A.M. - Breakfast in the MLK Jr. Plaza at Lake Worth and at each room below
8:15 A.M. - Live streaming of the program in the Duncan Theatre begins
10:00 A.M. - Q&A with students - Jealous answers your questions
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