2013/09/09 — The Mississippi State Conference NAACP commends President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous for his leadership and unwavering commitment to the Association. Ben Jealous has provided strong leadership over the past five years and we wish him and his family the best as they move into the next phase of their lives.
In 2008, Ben accepted the challenge of leading the NAACP’s national operations. Five years later, we see the results of a re-energized Association. As Jealous makes his announcement, the Association is on a renewed path in the fight for social justice and civil rights for all Americans. As we reflect on the victories within the last five years, we can proudly give testimony to the synergy our Association exhibits throughout the United States and the ability to encourage and educate the youth to join in the charge that will benefit generations to come. Thus making our Association more sustainable, more focused, and more powerful than ever before. The NAACP is now the largest civil rights Association maximizing technology via online tools and mobile applications while still remaining the largest presence on the ground and at the ballot box.
Ben Jealous has and will always be a friend to the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. In 1993, he worked as a student in Mississippi when he joined a campaign to prevent the closure and merger of Mississippi Valley State University and Alcorn State University which was organized and led by Mississippi students. “I first met Ben while I was a student at Tougaloo College and he was a student at Columbia University. We both attended a labor conference in Atlanta, GA where I presented to students in attendance a campaign we were working to prevent the closure and merger of Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in Mississippi, and he discussed a campaign to prevent the demolition of the Audubon Theater, the site of Malcolm X assassination, in Harlem, NY,” stated Derrick Johnson, Mississippi State NAACP President and Member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. ”It was at that conference that students from across the country including Ben decided to join our efforts in Mississippi” says Johnson.
While in Mississippi working on the campaign, Mr. Jealous became a reporter with the Jackson Advocate. “Although Ben will be missed,” says Johnson “we will continue the work of the NAACP to expand voting rights protection, secure healthcare coverage for the uninsured, advocate for quality education for all children, advance the the rights of workers to collectively bargain, and ensure access and opportunity to employment in Mississippi and throughout the country.”
Source: NAACPMS Staff