- Posted September 9, 2013 by
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Ben Jealous Will Resign As CEO and President Of The NAACP
Ben Jealous is the youngest ever national leader of the NAACP. He holds a B.A. in political science from Columbia University and a master’s degree in comparative social research from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. At Columbia, Jealous began working as an organizer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. As a student, he protested the university’s plan to turn the site of Malcolm X’s assassination into a research facility. His mother, Ann Todd Jealous, who is black, is a retired psychotherapist from Baltimore, Maryland who participated in Western High School’s desegregation. She is also the author, with Caroline Haskell, of Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism, released in April 2013. His father, Fred Jealous, who is white and from New England, is the Founder and President of the Breakthrough Men’s Community and participated in Baltimore sit-ins to desegregate lunch counters. As a multiracial couple, it was illegal for them to get married in Maryland until 1967; therefore, they had to marry in Washington before returning to Baltimore. Afterward, Jealous’ father was disowned by his white family from New England.
Jealous lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife and their two children. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and is affiliated with the Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter.