In honor of Black History Month, the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (6901 Sudley Road) is hosting a discussion with former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required because space is limited. Reserve free tickets at http://www.benjealouspresentation.eventbrite.com or call 703-530-3057 to learn more.
Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and end mass incarceration. The youngest president in the NAACP’s history, Jealous began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. His leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights, and convincing well-known conservatives to join the NAACP.
Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years as a journalist and community organizer. While at Mississippi’s Jackson Advocate newspaper, his investigations were credited with exposing corruption at a state penitentiary and proving the innocence of a black farmer framed for arson. At Amnesty International, he led successful efforts to outlaw prison rape, expose the increasing trend of children being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and draw attention to expanded racial profiling in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Jealous’ new book, “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding,” features personal essays from prominent figures in the black community.
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