It has been five years since Benjamin Todd Jealous became president and chief executive of the NAACP and, in that time, he has ushered in a new era in the nation’s oldest and most prestigious civil rights organization.
Since coming to the position in May 2008, Jealous, 40, the youngest person to head the NAACP, has been an outspoken critic of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program. He has also been a strong presence in the media for defending President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which overhauled the nation’s health care system.
What’s more, when Troy Anthony Davis was executed in Georgia in September 2011 for allegedly killing of a police officer in 1989, Jealous was one of the strongest voices in support of Davis and against the death penalty.
During the 2012 presidential election, he was a champion in the fight against the rash of voter identification laws passed by Republican legislatures. It is this in which he takes the most pride. (BET)