Speaker - Benjamin Todd Jealous

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As the 17th President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP, and the youngest person to hold the position in the organization’s nearly 100-year history, Benjamin Jealous has a deep commitment to social justice, public service and human rights activism. Jealous has served as President of the Rosenberg Foundation.

He was also Director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International where he led efforts to pass federal legislation against prison rape, rebuild public consensus against racial profiling in the wake of 9/11, and expose the widespread sentencing of children to life imprisonment without parole. As the Executive Director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 black community newspapers, Jealous doubled the number of black newspapers publishing online.

Early in his career, Jealous reported for the Jackson Advocate, an African American newspaper based in Mississippi. His reporting was credited with exposing corruption amongst high-ranking officials at a state prison, and helping to acquit a small black farmer who had been wrongfully and maliciously accused of arson.

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Race, Rights, and Politics in America

09.07.09 | 01:02:40 min | 1 comment