September 8th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

NAACP leader Benjamin Jealous resigns, will leave in December

Benjamin Todd Jealous will step down as president of the NAACP after five years as president of the oldest and largest U.S. civil rights organization, he announced Sunday.

"The NAACP has always been the largest civil rights organization in the streets, and today it is also the largest civil rights organization online, on mobile and at the ballot box too," Jealous said in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. "I am proud to leave the Association financially sound, sustainable, focused, and more powerful than ever."

Jealous, 40, was named president 2008 after working as a community organizer, a newspaper editor and Amnesty International official. He took over from Bruce Gordon, a retired telecommunications executive who clashed with the NAACP's governing board.

In announcing his resignation, he said he wanted to spend "a lot more time with my young family." Jealous and his wife, Lia, have two children, a 1-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The NAACP under Mr. Jealous has made more progress than it did before him. Perhaps the organisation will benefit from even more change in its goals.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. zingkinger

    my classmate's half-sister makes $73 hourly on the computer. She has been without work for 8 months but last month her payment was $20361 just working on the computer for a few hours. about his........

    September 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |