Saturday, May 17, 2008

NAACP picks Ben Jealous as youngest president ever

The NAACP Board of Directors has chosen a new president making 35-year-old Ben Jealous the organization's youngest president ever.

The 64-member board met and voted to elect Jealous in Baltimore and plans to formally announce its decision on Saturday.

As for his experience, Ben is a former news executive and lifelong activist. For the NAACP, they'll get a young well connected leader familiar with black leadership and social justice issues.

Jealous takes the helm as the NAACP's 17th president just months before the organization's centennial anniversary, as the group grapples with dwindling membership and looks to boost its coffers.

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