Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous speaks at the College of Charleston Thursday

Former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous

Former NAACP president Benjamin Jealous will speak about “The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America” at 7 p.m. Thursday at in the Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston.

The event is free and open to the public.

Jealous led the NAACP, the nation’s largest civil rights organization, from 2008 to 2013. He was 35 years old when he was elected, the youngest president in the organization’s history. He is credited with growing the NAACP’s membership and expanding its donor base.

During his tenure, he focused the organization on voting rights and criminal justice reform and oversaw the launch of several national programs on education, health, and environmental justice.

A graduate of Columbia University and Oxford University and a Rhodes scholar, Jealous also served as the president of the Rosenberg Foundation and was the founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Human Rights Program.

Jealous is currently a Senior Fellow at American Progress and a partner at Kapor Capital, an Oakland-based venture capital firm.

His talk is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee.

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