Benjamin Todd Jealous announced on Sunday that he will be stepping down as president of the United States civil rights organization, the NAACP. He has given his resignation after serving as president of the organization for five years.
“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 in a statement. “I am proud to leave the Association financially sound, sustainable, focused, and more powerful than ever.”
Jealous is the 17th president and CEO of the NAACP. He was appointed when he was 35-years-old in 2008. He is the youngest person to ever lead the organization, which is 104-years-old.
A good leader knows when to step up & when to step down. After 5 years leading the @NAACP, I’ve decided to move on at the end of this year
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) September 8, 2013
Jealous and his wife, Lia, have two children, and 1-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. Everyone was curious as to why he would want to resign and if someone was pushing him to give his resignation. He answered during his announcement saying that he wanted to spend “a lot more time with my young family.” “My chair asked me when I called her, she said, ‘Well, is there someone who’s luring you away?’ “Jealous told CNN. “And I said, ‘Yes, there is. His name is Jack, and her name is Morgan.'”
Roslyn M. Brock, the Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, accepted his letter of resignation this week.
“We thank President Jealous for his time leading the Association,” stated Brock. “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. 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 that include the restoration of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, implementing Trayvon’s Law, bolstering civic engagement efforts and ensuring our community is enrolled in the Affordable Care Act exchanges.”
The @NAACP will move from strength to strength.
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) September 9, 2013
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