COLUMBIA, S.C. - The former president of the NAACP is scheduled to speak at the University of South Carolina as part of a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the school's desegregation.

Ben Jealous is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Russell House Ballroom as part of the commemoration. The event is free and open to the public.

Jealous stepped down from his post at the nation's largest civil rights group at the end of 2013. Appointed at age 35 in 2008, he was the youngest person to lead the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Jealous is a Rhodes Scholar, and a graduate of Columbia and Oxford universities.

His appearance is sponsored by the university's alumni association, the Black Alumni Council, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and student government.